Kansas City Confidential

Kansas City Confidential

Streaming Video - 1952
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 13, 2016

If you're a fan of semi-obscure film noir, this is a treat. Released in 1952, this is a tough, pulpy crime film about a heist. Unlike other films that spend time with the planning and execution of the heist, this is about the aftermath. An ex-con is framed for the robbery and goes on a mission to track down the real crooks, which takes him to Mexico. John Payne is the lead and I have no idea who he is, but character actors Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elma, who both did a lot of westerns, play two of the robbers. Directed by Phil Karlson, whose eclectic resume includes an Elvis film, 2 Dean Martin films, and "Walking Tall." Despite claims, I don't see much connection between this and "Reservoir Dogs," aside from the heist plot. This DVD is of so-so quality and has no special features, so it could use an update.

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akirakato
Apr 09, 2015

This is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Phil Karlson.
The leader of the gang is an embittered former police captain who dons a mask when he interviews prospective collaborators whose names he has drawn from police files.
John Payne plays an innocent man who is framed for the bank robbery, delivering an impressive portrayal of an unrelenting outsider who cracks the ring.
With exception of the somewhat romantic happy end, the film appears cold-blooded and violent.
It is said that the plot served as inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs."

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

When Joe Rolfe, an ex-con trying to make an honest living, is suspected of taking part in a daring armed robbery he not only loses his job but the police insist on hounding him even after he's proven innocent. Taking matters into his own hands Joe decides to unmask the real culprits and clear his name once and for all. But when his quest lands him in a sleepy Mexican resort town Joe realizes he's stumbled onto something far more deadly than he imagined. With tough-talking hard-fisted bad guys, crooked cops, and the prerequisite busty dame, Phil Karlsons's moody noir thriller is so lavishly overdone that it practically becomes a parody of the genre. Thankfully it is saved from obscurity by some intense performances and B&W cinematography that makes the most of those close interiors and moonlit docks. A non-stop barrage of stylized clich├ęs which somehow add up to something quite enjoyable.

7duffy Sep 01, 2014

Blueprint for Reservoir Dogs ?

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ManMachine
Aug 18, 2014

Brutal. Hard-edged. Unflinching.

1952's Kansas City Confidential (KCC, for short) is Film Noir at one of its finest moments. Like a keg of TNT going off, KCC's story features plenty of bare-knuckle violence that's sure to please any fan of the genre.

In this super-tough Action/Drama, actor John Payne is perfectly cast as ex-con, Joe Rolfe.

Trying to go straight, Rolfe soon finds himself set up as a patsy after an armoured car robbery of 1.2 million dollars takes place in broad daylight by 4 masked thugs who make their get-away, quick and clean.

Picked up on suspicion by Kansas City police, Rolfe is grilled mercilessly for a confession and even beaten till he can hardly stand on his own two feet. But Rolfe is too tough to crack, especially since he had no part in the crime.

Released from jail and soon on the lam, Rolfe, taking on the identity of a dead hood named Pete Harris, heads down to Mexico on a lead, in hopes of tracking down the true villains who set him up and, thus, prove his own innocence.

KCC is great entertainment. This is the very film that inspired director Quentin Tarantino for his picture Reservoir Dogs.

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Isley
Jun 17, 2014

A step below the all time classic Noirs, but far better than most, I enjoyed this quite a lot. The opening heist is over in the first 10 minutes or so, and the rest is all watching things unravel with the usual twists and turns.

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Janice21383
Sep 06, 2011

I think every character in this movie gets to beat up every other character, at least once. And I mean that in a good way.

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ManMachine
Aug 18, 2014

Violence: KCC contains beatings, humiliation, and plenty of gunplay.

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ManMachine
Aug 18, 2014

"Hey, Tony - I know a sure-fire cure for a bloody nose - An ice-cold knife, right in the back!"

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