Kansas City (1996)

Kansas City, 1934. Anything could happen here. One night it did.

Original Title : Kansas City
Director : Robert Altman
Writer : Robert Altman
Frank Barhydt
Genre : Crime
Country : France
Language : English
Producer : Robert Altman , Scott Bushnell , James McLindon , Matthew Seig , David C. Thomas
Photography : Oliver Stapleton
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language, and for some violence and drug use.
IMDB ID : 0116745
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poster for "Kansas City" by Robert Altman (1996)
Kansas City (1996) - Robert Altman


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
Jeff Feringa Addie Parker
A.C. Tony Smith Sheepshan Red (as A.C. Smith
Martin Martin 'Blue' Green
Albert J. Burnes Charlie Parker
Ajia Mignon Johnson Pearl Cummings
Tim Snay Rally Speaker
Tawanna Benbow Rose
Cal Pritner Governor Park
Jerry Fornelli Tom Pendergast
Michael Marisi Ornstein Jackie Ciro (as Michael Ornstein
Michael Garozzo Charlie Gargotta
Joe Digirolamo John Lazia
John Durbin Gas Station Attendant
Gina Belafonte Hey-Hey Club Hostess
Nancy Marcy Telegraph Operator
Buck Baker Train Statio Agent
Dorothy Kemp-Clark Mrs. Bruce
Edward Pennington Governor Park's Butler
Robert Elliott Lazia Man
Marlon Hoffman Lazia Man
Patrick Oldani Lazia Man
Philip Trovato Lazia Man
James Carter Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
Craig Handy Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
David Murray Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
Joshua Redman Hey-Hey Club Musician: Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Davis Hey-Hey Club Musician: Alto Saxophone
David 'Fathead' Newman Jr. Hey-Hey Club Musician: Alto Saxophone
Don Byron Hey-Hey Club Musician: Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone
Olu Dara Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
Nicholas Payton Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
James Zollar Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trombone
Clark Gayton Hey-Hey Club Musician: Trombone
Victor Lewis Hey-Hey Club Musician: Drums
Geri Allen Hey-Hey Club Musician: Piano
Cyrus Chestnut Hey-Hey Club Musician: Piano
Ron Carter Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Tyrone Clark Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Christian McBride Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Russell Malone Hey-Hey Club Musician: Guitar
Mark Whitfield Hey-Hey Club Musician: Guitar
Kevin Mahogany Hey-Hey Club Musician: Vocalist
John Pritchett Phone Clerk (uncredited


Robert Altman's jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930's Kansas City. When Blondie O'Hara's husband, a petty thief, is captured by Seldom Seen and held at the Hey Hey Club, she lauches a desperate plan to release him. She kidnaps the wife of a powerful local politician in an attempt to blackmail him into using his connections to free Johnny. Despite this being election time, he risks exposure by putting the political machine into action to free Johnny and thereby save his wife. Mrs. Stilton, meanwhile, has befriended Blondie and is impressed by her love and devotion to Johnny, especially in contrast to her own loveless marriage.


Close your eyes and listen to the music The movie itself isn't that hot, interesting but nothing to get excited over. But the age of Jazz in the Jazz District of Kansas City, that is something else. The music is fabulous, so don't bother buying the movie, but buy the CD.
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