Kansas

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Romance

This predictable melodrama is the tale of two young drifters brought together by fate on a boxcar rumbling through the wind-blown wheat fields of the American heartland. Dillon, a gregarious ex-con, persuades McCarthy to return with him to his small Kansas hometown. Before he knows what's happening, McCarthy is drawn in to Dillon's robbery of the local...read more

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This predictable melodrama is the tale of two young drifters brought together by fate on a boxcar rumbling through the wind-blown wheat fields of the American heartland. Dillon, a gregarious ex-con, persuades McCarthy to return with him to his small Kansas hometown. Before he knows what's

happening, McCarthy is drawn in to Dillon's robbery of the local bank, and, pursued by police, the two flee and then split up. In the interim McCarthy falls in love with an attractive young woman, Hope, rescues the governor's young daughter from certain death, and becomes a local celebrity.

Meanwhile Dillon hides out, waiting for the chance to meet up again with McCarthy and split the stolen loot. KANSAS doesn't have many surprises--not in its plot, its performances, or its look. Very early on we suspect that McCarthy will get the girl and Doyle will get his comeuppance, but these

inevitabilities would be more palatable if screenwriter Spencer Eastman and Australian director David Stevens led us to them by a less-traveled route. Presumably, the filmmakers' intent was to explore two characters more alike than we might at first think. They wanted to show the decent side of

the violent criminal, Dillon, and the dark, deceitful side of McCarthy. However, because the screenplay is more concerned with its formula plot than with character development, neither McCarthy nor Dillon offer any real insights into this theme.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This predictable melodrama is the tale of two young drifters brought together by fate on a boxcar rumbling through the wind-blown wheat fields of the American heartland. Dillon, a gregarious ex-con, persuades McCarthy to return with him to his small Kansas… (more)

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