Kansas City Movie Review 1995

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Altman mixes music, politics, crime and the movies in this bittersweet homage to his hometown, set in the jazz-driven 1930s. Star-struck, tough-talking Blondie (Leigh) kidnaps Carolyn Stilton (Richardson), a self-sedating wife of a political shaker (Murphy), in a hair-brained scheme to save her husband from a local mobster (Belafonte). Styled to imitate the brilliant jazz scores played by the likes of Joshua Redman and James Carter, the action can become a bit confusing and Leigh is beyond irritating with her derivative dame routine. Belafonte, however, is brilliant, relishing the part of the legendary Seldom Seen, a real-life K.C. gangster.


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Available on VHS
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Crime Drama, African America, Great Depression, Organized Crime, Politics, Kidnapped!, Jazz & Blues, Producers: Robert Altman, Jazz & Blues
Frank Barhydt, Robert Altman
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy, Dermot Mulroney, Steve Buscemi, Brooke Smith, Jane Adams
Oliver Stapleton
Robert Altman
Hal Willner
Robert Altman, David C. Thomas, Matthew Seig, Scott Bushnell, Sandcastle 5 Productions, CIBY 2000, Fine Line Features


N.Y. Film Critics 1996: Support. Actor (Belafonte).

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