Critics' Corner

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Kansas City" is basically a head-scratcher."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Self-intoxicated intentions — neither deep nor titillating, neither touching nor amusing."

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'Kansas City'

Scene from this movie In Kansas City, 1934, the desperate Blondie O’Hara breaks into the home of wealthy Caroline Stilton and holds the bewildered woman at gunpoint. Blondie’s husband, Johnny, has gotten himself into hot water. Disguised in blackface, he has robbed a black, big-time gambler who loves to spend his money at the Hey-Hey Club, a jazz and gambling joint owned by black proprietor Seldom Seen.

Caught by Seldom’s goons, Johnny faces double trouble: for robbing a preferred customer and attempting to lay blame on the black community. By kidnapping Caroline, Blondie hopes to coerce Caroline’s husband, a powerful political boss, into saving Johnny from execution. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh; Miranda Richardson; Harry Belafonte; Dermot Mulroney; Michael Murphy
Running Time: 2 hours
Filmographies: Jennifer Jason Leigh;
Miranda Richardson; Harry Belafonte