Watch Kansas putlocker
||IMDB Rating: 5.4/10 from 700 votes
||Release: 23 September 1988 (USA) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
||Director: David Stevens,
||Stars: Alan Toy, Andrew McCarthy, Andy Romano, Arlen Dean Snyder, Brent Jennings, Brynn Thayer, Clint Allen, Craig Benton, Harry Northup, James Lea Raupp, Jim Lovelett, Kyra Sedgwick, Leslie Hope, Louis Giambalvo, Matt Dillon
||Synopsis: 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.
Watch Kansas Full Movie Online Putlocker : Refresh and/or Report if embed not workng. Scroll down for report button and links
Write a comment:
Watch Kansas - Alternative Versions.
Matt Dillon and Andrew McCarthy were two of the biggest actors in
teen-oriented films in the 1980s, and rightfully so. Dillon was in The
Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), for example, and McCarthy was
in St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986) and Less Than Zero
(1987). They turned in good performances in those films. Their teaming
for Kansas should have been huge, but maybe it came just a little too
late. This was toward the end of the 1980s, after all. A lot of
generational change was in the air. Both Dillon and McCarthy made a
couple big films after Kansas, and they've both been working ever
since, but they've been more under the radar.
Kansas only earned two and a half million dollars on its U.S.
theatrical release. That's a shame, because this is a very good film.
It's not perfect, but it doesn't deserve being ignored as it has. I
think it was mostly ignored in the late 80s, too. I hadn't even heard
of the film until just recently. The critical reception couldn't have
been too positive, and director David Stevens hasn't directed since.
He's still working, but primarily as a very under the radar writer for
television. The only person to go on to bigger and better things has
been cinematographer David Eggby, who has been the D.P. on Pitch Black
(2000), Scooby Doo (2002) and others. This is because Eggby's work in
this film has deservedly received a lot of praise. There are a lot of
beautiful widescreen shots of Kansas that do much to both establish and
complement/contrast the tone of the dramatic material.
Kansas tells of a brief, ultimately tumultuous encounter between two
young men, Doyle Kennedy (Dillon) and Wade Corey (McCarthy). Corey is
out west, about to hop a freight train--he's eventually bound for New
York. Kennedy happens to be in the open-door car Corey is trying to
hop, so he helps him jump in. Kennedy says that he's headed to Kansas.
He pitches Corey on the hospitality of his fellow Kansans and suggests
that Corey stay for a few days.
It doesn't take long until another side--a more typical Matt Dillon
side I suppose we could say--begins to emerge. Despite the fact that
Kennedy advertised that folks would be feeding them for free wherever
they went, he decides to break into to a family's home while the family
is at church so they can make themselves breakfast. Corey doesn't
flinch, but when Kennedy's criminal behavior escalates, he does. He's
"forcibly" dragged into a serious crime. Kennedy and Corey are almost
caught. In the chaos, Corey unexpectedly commits an act of heroism. The
two lose each other but remain in the same area. Corey just wants to
forget about the incident and get on with his life, but he has
something that Kennedy wants; meanwhile, the whole state is trying to
find the unknown hero, who was roughly caught on film.
Let's get the slight flaws out of the way first. Most of Stevens'
previous directorial experience was in television. Maybe as a result of
this, Kansas has a slight made for television feel, where that
description is necessarily a bit negative (there are films actually
made for television that transcend the made for television feel). What
that means is that it has a bit of a potboiler quality, with a slight
shallowness of emotional investment in the characters. I'm emphasizing
"slight" because there's just a hint of this in Stevens'
style--something like when there's a "hint of autumn" in the air when
you get a coolish breeze in early October.
However, not helping this is that Pino Donaggio's score is extremely
maudlin with an "After School Special" flavor. It sounds almost like
generic production music for the old Easy Listening radio formats. In
my eyes, this was the biggest flaw of the film.
At times, a few plot developments seem flawed, but because of later
developments, I think the plot oddities are interesting complexities
and twists instead. For example, it might seem curious why scripter
Spencer Eastman doesn't just have Corey give Kennedy what he wants and
completely divorce himself from events of the recent past--after all,
he's trying to start a new life, and that's going pretty successfully.
However, Corey's character is more complicated than that. He's not just
trying to go on the straight and narrow. That's why he didn't flinch
when they first broke into that home to make breakfast. That's why he
rides the rails for transportation. The character is more nuanced than
Another example--there's a reporter who fuels a lot of the plot. He
trusts Kennedy at a later stage when it seems largely unjustified.
However, two points emerge that explain this. One, he obviously knows
Kennedy fairly well given the way they talk to each other, so he might
have more reason to trust him than we're shown, even though Kennedy's a
bit of a psycho and a criminal. Two, the reporter doesn't trust Kennedy
enough to not hesitate until he receives more information. Eastman's
script is actually well constructed, suspenseful, occasionally
surprising, and neatly ties up most loose ends.
Dillon and McCarthy both play characters perfect for their abilities
(which is probably why they played these kinds of characters so often).
Dillon is great as a subtle psycho. He seems closer to normal and
even-keeled for much of the film, but odd little breaks in the façade
keep showing through; this is a guy whom we could easily imagine ending
up as a serial killer.
While this is not a film that's likely to change your life, or leave a
profound impact that sticks with you for years, not all films have to
do that or even aim for it, obviously. This is just a very good
thriller/character study admirably set in a relatively unique location.
It deserves more recognition.
Tags for Kansas Full Movie
, Andrew McCarthy
, Andy Romano
, Arlen Dean Snyder
, Brent Jennings
, Brynn Thayer
, Clint Allen
, Craig Benton
, Harry Northup
, James Lea Raupp
, Jim Lovelett
, Kyra Sedgwick
, Leslie Hope
, Louis Giambalvo
, Matt Dillon
You Might Like...