Sunday, June 24, 2012
And many others...
Wade ( Andrew McCarthy )
Doyle ( Matt Dillon )
Lori ( Leslie Hope )
Nelson ( Alan Toy )
A chance meeting between two young men leads to life changing events for almost everyone around them.
Wade was going to attend his best friend's wedding, but his car died on him. So he decides to hitch a ride in a box car.
As he struggles to climb aboard, a man named Doyle lends a helping hand.
They get off the train in a small town that Doyle knows well.
Before you know it, they're breaking into a home and stealing food and clothing.
Soon after, they walk into a bank and Doyle points a gun at Wade, forcing him to participate in the robbery.
Moments later, half the town is after them.
Doyle and Wade split up and agree to meet later on.
Wade takes the money and hides it under a bridge. As he does that, a freak accident occurs.
The governor's young daughter is in a sinking car below him. Without any hesitation, Wade jumps into the river and saves the girl.
Then Wade runs away, as a local reporter named Nelson takes photos of the incident.
Wade is now a reluctant hero AND fugitive.
Meanwhile, Doyle commits more crimes. The cops know who he is and want him desperately.
Wade gets a temporary job at a farm, after he trespasses onto their property, and meets the farmer's daughter, Lori.
Not long after, Doyle gets a job at a local carnival. He meets up with Wade several times, and makes it clear to him, that he's sick and tired of waiting for the money.
Sparks fly between Wade and Lori and a relationship develops.
A short time later the media discovers that Wade is the "unknown hero".
Wade is forced to make some major decisions, and Doyle reaches a boiling point.
It all leads to a blood filled conclusion....
Doyle: "There ain't but three things to do here... cars, drink beer, chase women..."
Governor: "We don't know who he is, or where he's from. Maybe we'll never know, but there's no questioning his courage. His heroism all there, captured by Nelson's camera for all the world to see"
Wade : "Must be nice having all the right answers"
Hope: "If you're looking to create trouble for yourself, you're doing a great job"
Wade: "Sometimes things aren't the way they look"
Hope: "You happen to sleep with someone, you think that adds up to instant love?"
Doyle: "He's more horseshit, than hero"
Hope: "People change, things never stay the same"
Company - MGM
Extras - Just one trailer ( for KANSAS ), and that's it!
Inserts - No
OBTAINED AT - Big Lots
PRICE - $3.00
DO I WANT MY MONEY BACK?:
This is such an UNderrated AND UNappreciated jewel of a movie!
In my opinion, this movie has a strong 1940's / 50's vibe to it.
Andrew McCarthy, Matt Dillon, Leslie Hope, and Alan Toy, are perfect and so is everyone else.
I loved watching Ms. Hope in DOPPELGANGER, MEN AT WORK, and the television series called 24.
FYI: According to the IMDB, she was on KNOTS LANDING ( during season 7 ). I used to watch KNOTS LANDING, but I don't remember seeing her in it... but, that was a long time ago, so...
Look for Kyra Sedgwick. She plays Doyle's bimbo girlfriend.
Also watch for Brent Jennings... HUNTER, ER, CHILDREN OF THE CORN IV, RED HEAT, MEDIUM, and a zillion other tv shows and movies!
Harry Northup plays the governor. I still remember him as "Doughboy" in TAXI DRIVER. He - like Ms. Hope - was also on KNOTS LANDING.
KANSAS is one of my favorite flicks, and I highly recommend it.
KANSAS was released on region one DVD by MGM.