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Kansas City (1996)



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"Kansas City" is a panoramic melodrama about politics, race, crime, and the movies, made in a "jazz" style that matches the film's musical milieu.more
Rating: R (for language, and for some violence and drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
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Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Blondie O'Hara
Miranda Richardson
as Carolyn Stilton
Harry Belafonte
as Seldom Seen
Michael Murphy
as Henry Stilton
Dermot Mulroney
as Johnny O'Hara
Martin Martin
as `Blue' Green
Tony A.C. Smith
as Sheepshan Red
Joshua Redman
as Lester Young
Steve Buscemi
as Johnny Flynn
Brooke Smith
as Babe Flynn
Jane Adams (II)
as Nettie Bolt
Jeff Feringa
as Addie Parker
Albert J. Burnes
as Charlie Parker
Ajia Mignon Johnson
as Pearl Cummings
James Carter
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Craig Handy
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
David Murray
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Jesse Davis
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
David 'Fathead' Newm...
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Don Byron
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Olu Dara
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Nicholas Payton
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
James Zollar
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Curtis Fowlkes
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Clark Gayton
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Victor Lewis
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Geri Allen
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Cyrus Chestnut
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Ron Carter
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Christian McBride
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Tyrone Clark
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Russell Malone
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Mark Whitfield
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
Kevin Mahogany
as Hey Hey Club Musicia...
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Critic Reviews for Kansas City

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16)

Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Top Critic

It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Let's just say that if you find it arbitrary and more an expression of Altman's feelings about class than the outcome of his story, then we are in agreement.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Would someone throw a net over Jennifer Jason Leigh? She's at it again.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A sadly ordinary motion picture, and, in less sure hands, it might have been something of an unfortunate mess. Even with Altman at the helm, however, it manages to be singularly unremarkable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

All of the characters act as if somebody might come along someday and make a movie about them. And Altman, who made the movie, gets his chance to sit in at last on one of those cutting sessions.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kansas City


"Kansas City" is an extremely slight film in Robert Altman's filmography. I was surprised that Altman forgets the basic ingredients that are so important to making film noir work. The biggest sin "Kansas City" commits is that the film is never nasty. A good film noir should always make you feel uncomfortable. Altman understood this in "The Long Goodbye," but for some reason it's obviously absent from "Kansas City." Moreover, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Miranda Richardson are sorely miscast, making the pedestrian proceedings even more uninteresting. "Kansas City" could have been a great film if Altman had dared to take more interesting choices, something that effects all of his late 90s works. As it stands, this is just aggressively mediocre.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer


boring, but interesting and decently made... also just my opinion but Jennifer Jason Leigh makes Dane Cook seem oscar worthy (seriously).

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer


This is Belafonte's movie. Someone with so much music in his soul being able to play so chillingly souless a character. Amazing performance.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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