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A mysterious fellow (Preston Foster) contacts a trio of criminals (Jack Elam, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef) to help with a bank heist. The four wear masks and remain strangers to each other, planning to reunite in Mexico to divvy up the loot. Joe Rolfe (John Payne), the man they framed to take the heat, gets his charges dropped, and the police offer him a reward if he can help recover the cash. He agrees, and when one of the thieves meets his end, Rolfe assumes his identity to catch the crooks.

Cast & Crew

John Payne
Joe Rolfe, Peter Harris
Coleen Gray
Helen Foster
Lee Van Cleef
Tony Romano
Jack Elam
Pete Harris
George Bruce
Screenwriter
Harry Essex
Screenwriter
Paul Sawtell
Original Music
George E. Diskant
Cinematographer
Buddy Small
Film Editor
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Critic Reviews for Kansas City Confidential

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Kansas City Confidential

  • Mar 26, 2017
    Gripping crime noir that would later serve as the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. There's a scene that also feels like it inspired David Chase when he scripted Sal ''Big Pussy'' Bonpensiero's murder scene.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2013
    A perfect crime needs a perfect fall guy and, after 3 beatings by police questioners, this fall guy goes looking for the guys that set him up. There's plenty of gunplay and fisticuffs in this tough story about tough guys in a tough world, lots of tension, twists and turns, but it's worth it by the end.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2012
    One of the more influential film noirs to emerge from the 1950s, "Kansas City Confidential" is a competent enough crime thriller and sure-handed effort from director Phil Karlson. While it isn't involving and is especially lacking in several aspects that are crucial in keeping the viewer interested, it's at least worth watching for the impact that it has surely had on many modern crime thrillers.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2011
    "Kansas City Confidential" is a low budget B-grade film noir that holds up quite well 60 years after it's theatrical release. This is certainly a film that fans of film noir will appreciate and should enjoy. While this isn't at the level of some of the genre's greats, it is a fun and entertaining look into a heist that is pulled off but filled with several twists and crosses. The acting is a little over the top at times and too staged, but overall holds together to not make the film unintentionally humorous. At the time of it's release, "Kansas City Confidential" was one of the most brutal and violent crime films to ever be committed to film.
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