Kansas City (1996)
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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
Aug 16, 1996 Wide
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Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film.
It could never for an instant be mistaken for anything but a Robert Altman film, and that counts for a lot.
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.
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.
Robert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young.
Altman gets so caught up in the jazz music that he forgets to concentrate on the story
Robert Altman having fun, and it features a performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh that has to be seen to be believed.
Another spunky film in a series of Robert Altman portraits of the failure of the American Dream.
The film moves with the slowness of an opium daze, and it transmits its plot information with the incremental dit-dot-dash of a wire message.
Although the movie contains occasional moments of glimpsed accomplishment, Kansas City is for the most part a lame duck.
Altman tries to make this really dull, boring, and simple story into something that is unique, exciting, and intricate -- all of which he fails at miserably
It's rich with period detail, moody jazz, interesting characters and Altman's typically ambitious scope.
It's an unusual film, one that doesn't lay out every turn before you get there, and for the most part it doesn't simplify its characters or the questions they raise.
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