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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 Jason Leigh) decides to take action. Following an eccentric personal logic, she takes as a hostage the wife of a prominent local politician, in hopes of getting the woman's husband to help; unfortunately, he is on the road with an upcoming presidential campaign, putting a major hitch in Blondie's plans. The film moves freely among its idiosyncratic characters in an overt attempt to mimic the improvisational structure of 1930s jazz. Indeed, many of the film's most important sequences take place in Seldom Seen's club, with contemporary jazz greats imitating the period's master musicians and Harry Belafonte shining as the magnetic, menacing Seen. The central narrative never achieves the seemingly effortless integration of Altman's greatest works, but those who share Altman's obvious passion for the period and its music will find much to admire. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Kidnapping -- Drama.
Kansas City (Mo.) -- Drama.
Musical -- Feature.
Thriller -- Feature.
Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [Burbank, California] :2005
1925-2006, screenwriter, film producer, film director.
Barhydt, Frank, screenwriter.
Leigh, Jennifer Jason, 1962- actor.
Richardson, Miranda, actor.
Belafonte, Harry, 1927- actor.
Murphy, Michael, 1938- actor.
Mulroney, Dermot, actor.
Buscemi, Steve, 1957- actor.
CIBY 2000 (Firm), production company.
Sandcastle 5 Productions, production company.
Fine Line Features, presenter.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy, Dermot Mulroney, Steve Buscemi.
Music producer, Hal Willner ; costumes designed by Dona Granata ; production designer, Stephen Altman ; edited by Geraldine Peroni ; director of photography, Oliver Stapleton.
MPAA rating: R; for language, some violence and drug use.
In English with optional English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1995.
Special features: Feature commentary with director Robert Altman; Theatrical trailer.
DVD, widescreen presentation (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, stereo surround sound, NTSC, region 1.
1 videodisc (approximately 116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.