Kansas City

Kansas City

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Director: Robert Altman Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
, Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
, Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
Robert Altman


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The jazz world of 1930s Kansas City serves as the backdrop for an offbeat story of kidnapping, political corruption, and organized crime in director Robert Altman's loving but unsentimental look at his childhood hometown. The film's intricate story is triggered by petty thief Johnny O'Hara (Dermot Mulroney), who aims for a big score by trying to rob notorious crime boss Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), only to end up Seen's captive. In fear for her husband's life, Johnny's wife Blondie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) decides to take action. Following an eccentric personal logic, she takes as a hostage the wife of a prominent local politician, in hopes of getting the woman's husband to help; unfortunately, he is on the road with an upcoming presidential campaign, putting a major hitch in Blondie's plans. The film moves freely among its idiosyncratic characters in an overt attempt to mimic the improvisational structure of 1930s jazz. Indeed, many of the film's most important sequences take place in Seldom Seen's club, with contemporary jazz greats imitating the period's master musicians and Harry Belafonte shining as the magnetic, menacing Seen. The central narrative never achieves the seemingly effortless integration of Altman's greatest works, but those who share Altman's obvious passion for the period and its music will find much to admire.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2020
UPC: 0760137335481
Original Release: 1996
Source: Arrow Academy
Region Code: A
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 626

Special Features

High Definition 1080p SDH English subtitles Audio commentary by director Robert Altman Newly filmed appreciation by critic Geoff Andrew Gare, Trains et Déraillement, a 2007 visual essay by French critic Luc Lagier, plus short introduction to the film narrated by Lagier Robert Altman Goes to the Heart of America and Kansas City: The Music, two 1996 promotional featurettes including interviews with cast and crew Electronic press kit interviews with Altman, Leigh, Richardson, Belafonte and musician Joshua Redman, plus behind-the-scenes footage Four theatrical trailers TV spots Image gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Jason Leigh Blondie O'Hara
Miranda Richardson Carolyn Stilton
Harry Belafonte Seldom Seen
Michael Murphy Henry Stilton
Dermot Mulroney Johnny O'Hara
Steve Buscemi Johnny Flynn
Brooke Smith Babe Flynn
Jane Adams Nettie Bolt
David Newman Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mike Adams Stunts
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Frank Barhydt Screenwriter
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Scott Bushnell Executive Producer
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
Susan J. Emshwiller Set Decoration/Design
Dona Granata Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
James Mclindon Associate Producer
Geraldine Peroni Editor
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Seig Co-producer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Thomas R. Stiller Set Decoration/Design
David C. Thomas Co-producer
Greg Walker Stunts
Grady Walker Stunts
Hal Willner Score Composer

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