- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 4, 2002
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Production Interviews: Coleen Gray - Star
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 06/21/2002
"...The noir film in which director Phil Karlson first proved he had few peers when it comes to bristling B-movie melodramas..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2007
"[T]he dialogue has an authentic wiseguy zing, and director Karlson milks the material for maximum intensity..."
Film Comment - 03/01/2011
"The camera placement is meticulous and sublimely integrated with the movement of the actors..."
KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL is a hard-hitting film noir starring John Payne as Joe Rolfe, an ex-con who's trying to go straight with a job as a deliveryman for a florist company. Unfortunately, a gang of thugs (the sinister trio of Jack Elam, Neville Brand, and Lee Van Cleef) led by a criminal mastermind (Preston Foster) have arranged a bank robbery using a van that looks just like the one driven by Rolfe--and the deliveryman takes the fall for the heist. This leads to Rolfe's search for the real thieves, a trail that leads to Mexico and an unexpected love affair with the gang leader's daughter (Coleen Gray).
Description by Image Entertainment:
An embittered ex-cop (Preston Foster) masterminds the perfect bank robbery; one in which none of the members of the masked gang ever see each other's faces. But the plan runs into serious trouble when the innocent man implicated in the heist (John Payne) turns out to be a tough-as-bullets WWII veteran who's already experienced the inside of a jail cell and is determined not to go back. Payne tracks down the gang, which includes hard-case legends Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, and Neville Brand, to extract his own harsh brand of justice. Along the way he finds romance, double-crosses, punches to the face, and bullets to the body in this explosive action-drama with a plot full of twists and turns.