Kansas (1988)




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A drifter becomes both a bank robber and a hero in this crime thriller. Andrew McCarthy stars as Wade Corey, who hitches a ride on a freight train already occupied by Doyle Kennedy (Matt Dillon), a charming ex-con who convinces Wade to accompany him to his hometown. Once there, Wade realizes too late that Doyle is intent on robbing the local bank. After they are separated following the crime, Wade hides the money. Happening upon a drowning in progress, he saves a young girl who just happens to be the daughter of the state governor, and he becomes an unlikely hero. Finding work at a nearby farm, the meandering Wade becomes a hired hand, falls for the beautiful daughter (Leslie Hope) of his boss, and dreads the return of Doyle, who is sure to come looking for his money.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Andrew McCarthy
as Wade Corey
Matt Dillon
as Doyle Kennedy
Leslie Hope
as Lori Bayles
Brent Jennings
as Buckshot
Alan Toy
as Nordquist
Andy Romano
as Fleener
Brynn Thayer
as Connie
Kyra Sedgwick
as Prostitute Drifter
Harry Northrup
as Governor
Arlen Dean Snyder
as George Bayles
James Lovelett
as Governor's Driver
Louis Giambalvo
as Army Sergeant
James Lea Raupp
as Man with Shirt
John Lansing
as Governor's Aide
Gale Mayron
as Bank Teller
T. Max Graham
as Mr. Kennedy
Annie Kellogg
as Governor's Daughter
Craig Benton
as Patrolman Casson
Mimi Wickliff
as Mrs. Bayles
Linda Dawson
as Governor's Wife
George Mason Kuhn
as Bank Guard
Robert Peters
as `Fair' Farmer
Patricia Ann Grit
as Farm Girl
Gary Cosey
as Shoeshine
George Kuhn
as Bank Guard
Ken Boehr
as Ferson
Bobby Enriquez
as Bartender
Joseph R. Scrivo
as Rodriguez
Bart Petty
as Rookie Cop
Greg Gilstrap
as Reporter
Art Dilks
as Pharmacist
Gail Dicus
as Female Reporter
Roger Richman
as Officer Ellwood
Rusty Howard
as Officer Swift
Lori Gooch
as Lady with Child
Hank Rector
as Businessman
Jacquie Litto
as Friend of Mrs. Bayles
Brent Wright
as Deputy
Holmes Osborne
as Deputy Sheriff
Timothy Graham
as Mr. Kennedy
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Critic Reviews for Kansas

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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October 5, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Dillon and McCarthy make a tight team

March 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for Kansas

This is a very boring movie that seems pretty pointless. The only good thing I can say is Matt Dillon plays a good character you love to hate. I hated him so much throughout the film I just wanted to seem harm done to him.

Alicia S
Alicia S

Someone To Watch Over Me is a crime drama driercted by Ridley Scott starring Tom Berenger, Lorraine Bracco, and Mimi Rogers. It pretty much has your standard plot although Bracco is a treat to watch as the jealous wife of detective Berenger who is protecting Rogers. Kansas is a forgettable story of tow guys who end up robbing a bank. One has a conscious and finds a girl. Stars Andrew McCarthy, Matt Dillon and Leslie Hope. Fresh Horses is a tepid romantic drama starring Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy. Also features very early roles by Ben Stiller And Viggo Mortenson. St. Elmo's Fire is an ensemble piece featuring Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Mare Winningham and Andie McDowell. Directed by Joel Schumacher. It's a story about a group of friends who recently graduated college and are trying to find there way through the madness that was the eighties. It's not a particularly good film but may interest some because of the cast. Betrayed stars Debra Winger as an FBI agent who infiltrated a white supremacist organization and finds herself falling in love with farmer Tom Berenger who happens to be one of it's leader's. Although the plot is failry predictable I thought the performances were strong enough to make this film work. Berenger, balancing good and evil, is memorable.

Jennifer Allison
Jennifer Allison

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