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In 1934, while the rest of the country was mired in the Depression, Kansas City thrived with gambling, prostitution, and jazz-filled nightclubs flourishing under the rule of city bosses and organized crime. On the eve of the municipal elections, a scrappy telegraph operator, Blondie O''Hara, has kidnapped wealthy Carolyn Stilton, a drug-addicted socialite wife married to an advisor to president Roosevelt. Blondie plans to swap Carolyn for her small-time gangster husband Johnnie who has been taken hostage by big-time gangster and club owner Seldom Seen. Robert Altman''s riff on race, class, and power cross-cuts between the two kidnappings and the background of corrupt politics and virtuoso jazz music.
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|MPAA Ratings:||R||Premiere Info:|
|Release Date:||1996||Production Date:|
|Color/B&W:||Distributions Co:||FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES|
|Sound:||Production Co:||Sandcastle 5 Productions Inc .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Wright/Laird Casting .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Todd-Ao .....Production Company, CFI Hollywood .....Production Company, Pacific Title & Art Studio .....Production Company, Sunrise Films .....Production Company, .....Theatrical Distributor, Mfa Filmdistribution Gmbh .....Theatrical Distributor, Cecchi Gori Pictures .....Theatrical Distributor, Filmladen Gmbh .....Theatrical Distributor, Monopole Pathe Films Ag .....Theatrical Distributor, .....Theatrical Distributor, Fine Line Features .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor, .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, United International Pictures .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, New Line Home Entertainment .....Domestic Video Distributor, .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor|
|Duration(mins):||Country:||United States (USA)|