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Kansas (1988)

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

Director:

David Stevens

Writer:

Spencer Eastman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Doyle Kennedy
Andrew McCarthy ... Wade Corey
Leslie Hope ... Lori Bayles
Alan Toy ... Nelson Nordquist
Andy Romano ... Fleener
Brent Jennings ... Buckshot
Brynn Thayer ... Connie
Kyra Sedgwick ... Prostitute Drifter
Harry Northup ... Governor
Clint Allen Clint Allen ... Ted
Arlen Dean Snyder ... George Bayles
Jim Lovelett ... Governor's Driver (as James Lovelett)
Louis Giambalvo ... Army Sergeant
Craig Benton Craig Benton ... Patrolman Casson
James Lea Raupp James Lea Raupp ... Man with Shirt
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Storyline

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

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In a life of crime, no one can be trusted... Not even your friend. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas See more »

Filming Locations:

Overbrook, Kansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,274,742, 25 September 1988

Gross USA:

$2,432,536

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,432,536
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Matt Dillon has likened his character of Doyle Kennedy to the anti-heroes of 1930s mobster and gangster pictures. See more »

Goofs

Matt Dillon's character (Doyle Kennedy) was supposed to be a native Kansan, as indicated numerous times in the film. And yet, throughout the film he spoke with varying shades of a Southern drawl that is not at all reflective of the Kansan (or mid-western U.S.) manner of speaking and accent. See more »

Quotes

Doyle Kennedy: I didn't do that bank alone. I had help. Wade Corey? The hero all you suckers have been goin' on about? He did that bank. He was my partner. Turns out he's more horseshit than hero. How do you like that for a little con?...
Nelson Nordquist: Where's the proof, Doyle? You expect me to print that?
Doyle Kennedy: Well, you go ahead and print what you like. I don't buy that shit. Newspapers and the truth... you make it up the same as the rest of us.
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Connections

Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

OUR DIRECTOR
Music by F.E. Bigelow (uncredited)
Performed by The Oskaloosa High School Band
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Bad script, bad direction, bad acting
12 January 2019 | by Agostino-1964See all my reviews

Wow, hard to imagine the positive reviews for this misbegotten turkey. The script makes a hash of character and motivation: unbelievable that anyone would do the things these characters do or speak the cliche lines they are given. Small town Kansans are treated like idiot rubes. Writer does not seem to know how to end the story, so tacks on a ridiculous wrap-up.

Director seems to cut to moody shots of farm machinery whenever he can't figure out what else to do. Special mention for a soundtrack that is a crime against humanity.

Dillon does Dillon (broody and crazy), McCarthy does McCarthy (inappropriate awkward grins). No other actors even register.

Except for a gratuitous and cringeworthy sex scene, feels like a poor basic cable TV movie. By the end, I was actually angry at how bad it was.


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