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Kansas City Bomber (1972)

Raquel Welch , Kevin McCarthy , Jerrold Freedman  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Raquel Welch, Kevin McCarthy, Helena Kallianiotes, Norman Alden, Jeanne Cooper
  • Directors: Jerrold Freedman
  • Writers: Barry Sandler, Calvin Clements Sr., Thomas Rickman
  • Producers: Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy, Martin Elfand
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Baseball has its Bull Durham. Basketball has Hoosiers. Football has Rudy. And the mad sport of the roller game has Kansas City Bomber. Step aside, boys, she's coming through. Disco was in, polyester was cool and the roller game was the hottest thing on wheels when this smash-mouth spinfest elbowed its way onto screens. Raquel Welch plays K.C., a single mom (Jodie Foster plays her daughter) who laces up to earn a living for her family. Real competition venues provide settings. Some true-life roller-game players appear in the film. And Welch adds to the authenticity, navigating the banked oval like a rocket-powered bumper car. Round and round she goes. Where she stops may be the top of the roller world.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bomber Hits Target March 3, 2006
Racquel in spandex and on wheels is a wow. I had the pleasure of working on this film on location in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I am not giving this film five stars because I appear in it. Kansas City Bomber was a very special film for Racquel. The script by Barry Sandler was written expressly for Ms. Welch. This was also the first film for Jodie Foster who played Racquels daughter. Vetran character actor Norm Alden gave the best performance of his life as Horrible Hank Hopkins.

Racquel plays KC Carr, a roller derby diva who's life is in turmoil. Her relationship with her children is strained as she tours the country with her derby team. Her team mates are at odds with her believing that she is sleeping her way to the top with the owner of the team (Kevin McCarthy). KC must come to grips with life and what she really wants to achieve.

You'll find yourself rooting for KC to find herself, and she does. The film ends with an exciting skate off between KC and Jackie Burdett. The skate off is set up for KC to take a fall so that she can be traded off to another team, but at the last minute KC and Jackie decide to "keep it real". The climatic skate off is filled with thrills as KC wins the title, and resolves to be the roller derby diva she is.

There are not many films on roller derby, however, this is clearly the best.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raquel's finest hour May 14, 2005
This is the quintessential Welch vehicle. She is down to earth, physical, sympathetic, reviled and ultimately triumphant. She had to find this project herself because Hollywood had no idea how to use her. Instead of the glamour sex symbol roles, she was really cut out for the everyday woman role. If there is one regret, it is that Raquel did not take the part of Honey Bruce in "Lenny", that she was offered.

This movie, entertaining from beginning to end, showed Raquel in her finest hour, sure it is corny, but in the classic, All-American way that no one can all means get this one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kansas Ciry Bomber May 31, 2005
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I've been waiting since 1972 for this. I had to get a copy the first day it was available.

Although it's corny, it is well worth the price to get a copy if you're a Roller Games / Roller Derby fan...and even if you're not!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 70s sports drama. December 28, 2009
I first saw Kansas City Bomber, when it was released in 1972. It capitalized on the roller derby craze, that was in full-swing back then. Roller derby's massive popularity, turned out to be a flash-in-the-pan thing. But it was a wild, exhilarating sport, while it lasted. There has been a resurgence of roller derby in recent years. But it just doesn't have the thrilling, visceral excitement, of roller derby in the 70s.

In her meatiest film role ever, Raquel Welch stars as KC Carr, a divorcée and mother of two. KC skates for her local roller derby team, the Kansas City Bombers. KC insists on pursuing her roller derby career, against the wishes of her matronly mother. KC skates, 'cause she 'just wants a piece of the action'. But her mother just doesn't get it. Neither does KC's young son, who even flees from KC, whenever she tries to relate to him.

Burt Henry (played with oily charm by Kevin McCarthy) spots KC, during a skating match. Burt happens to own the Portland Loggers skating team, and recruits KC to join-up. He has more on his mind, than KC's skating talent. Burt pursues a romantic relationship with KC, and she swiftly succumbs. From there, KC's relationships with her teammates deteriorates. First, her house-mate, named Lovey, gets traded to the Denver skating team. She accuses KC of persuading Henry to get rid of her. KC insists she's innocent, but to no avail.

KC also has a volatile relationship, with the Portland Logger's star skater, Jackie Burdett. From the beginning, Jackie shuns KC, and she sees KC as a threat to her position on the team. Particularly since KC is romantically involved, with Burt Henry. Jackie is her own worst enemy though. She drowns her sorrows in liquor, which she constantly swills from a brown paper bag.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By blister
I remember seeing this movie at a drive-in theatre when I was young and I was hooked. If you're a roller derby fan, a Raquel Welch fan, and like movies about the underdog fighting to the finish, then you're especially in for a treat.

I especially liked the casting of Jeanne Cooper as the team coach, and Helen K. as the sympathized, yet despised enemy,

I'll admit seeing her in one of the film's highlights, a catfight with her rolling across the railroad tracks with Raquel with a train coming?? Like I said, escapism fun at it's best!!

The final battle between Raquel and Helen K. was especially entertaining given the slow motion scenes, I remember actually yelling at the drive-in screen from the front of my father's car while sitting on a blanket, "Go, Raquel, Win!"

I even learned things about the Roller Derby biz from this entertaining flick.

I know there are those of you out there who have also been waiting for this title to come out on DVD. Our day is here!

For those of you who didn't enjoy the movie, you have a right to your opinion, but I know I'm going to enjoy getting a copy on release day.

Go Raquel, thanks for entertaining us so!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 29 days ago by tammy a. lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Mays
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Raquel Welch--what else needs to be said?
Published 1 month ago by William Lanman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD, Great Service.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Cuyar
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Roller Derby
As a kid, I enjoyed watching roller derby on tv. This movie brings back fond memories of my youth and stars some of my favorite roller derby players from the past.
Published 3 months ago by Lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
also very intertaining
Published 3 months ago by tobrite
5.0 out of 5 stars Roller Bomber, Roller Raquel.
She did a super job acting.Great action.A great movie,a gorgeous actress super roller action.You will defiantly love this movie.Super Bomber, Great movie.
Published 4 months ago by Charles Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jammer Raquel Welch!
Raquel Welch actually does some of her own skating in this film, which is pretty remarkable. The whole story is fantastic 1970s blue-collar Americana.
Published 6 months ago by Belinda Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars YEAH!!!
Raquel in the roller derby rink!!!!! YEAH,...written especially for her by a fan(!!!!),Raquel is in fine fighting form.Don't miss a young Jodie Foster as Raquel's daughter!!
Published 6 months ago by cherry simpson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible movie
The worst acting I have ever seen. Begged a friend of mine to take it off my hands; it isn't worth taking up room in your DVD storage space.
Published 7 months ago by Doug M.
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