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A Kansas City, nel 1934, la giovane Blondie O`Hara vuole a tutti i costi salvare il proprio marito, piccolo gangster finito nelle mani del boss nero Seldom Seen. Per raggiungere lo scopo prende in ostaggio Caroline, la moglie di Henry Stilton, deputato e consigliere del presidente, e la tiene con sé minacciando di continuo il marito, se non otterrà quanto richiesto.

Returning to the city of his birth for inspiration, legendary maverick director Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet-riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in Kansas City, a Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one. Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) resorts to desperate measures when her low-level hood husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney) gets caught trying to steal from Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), a local crime boss operating out of jazz haunt The Hey-Hey Club. Out on a limb, Blondie kidnaps laudanum-addled socialite Carolyn (Miranda Richardson), hoping her influential politician husband can pull the right strings and get Johnny out of Seldom Seen's clutches. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and featuring a remarkable soundtrack performed live by some of the best players in contemporary jazz, one of Altman's most underrated and idiosyncratic films finally makes it's long-awaited Blu-ray debut.

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Director Robert Altman
Actor Harry Belafonte, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Murphy, Miranda Richardson, Jane Adams, Steve Buscemi
Label Millenium
Genre Thriller
Content DVD + Booklet
FSK / age rating from age 12
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles Italian
Screen 1.85:1
Year of production 1996
Region code 2

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  • Low Down

    Written on 28. May 2008 by ha!.
    This customer review refers to a alternative version.

    Dies ist bis jetzt der einzige Film von Altman, den ich schlecht finde. Die Protagonistin ist einfach meganervig und die geschichte ist nicht ein bisschen spannend oder interessant.

  • Kansas City

    Written on 23. February 2005 by Mathias Gautschi.
    This customer review refers to a alternative version.

    Robert Altman, comme Clint Eastwood, se paie de temps en temps un film pour se faire plaisir: le film de gangsters qui forme la trame n'est qu'un prétexte pour parler de jazz. La caméra s'attarde plus volontiers sur les musiciens, d'ailleurs soigneusement choisis (Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, James Carter, John Faddis, ...) que sur les personnages de l'histoire. La "bataille du jazz" entre Coleman Hawkins (James Carter) et Lester Young (Joshua Redman) finit par prendre le pas, volontairement ou non.

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