Kansas at the Movies, Part 1: The Setting

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The list author says: "Movies set in Kansas. Some of them were even filmed there!

Seven Angry Men (1955) about the legendary John Brown is currently unavailable and cannot be added to the list."
Picnic: Restored
1.  Picnic: Restored DVD ~ William Holden
The list author says:
  "Academy Award winner William Inge's story of bored Kansans in Hutchinson. Half Kansas/half Hollywood studios. He also wrote many classic plays that where turned into movies, including Splendor in the Grass and The Stripper."
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Mars Attacks!
2.  Mars Attacks! DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
The list author says:
  "Parts are filmed around Kansas. Jack Black plays a pitch perfect Kansas redneck. In the end, the world is saved by a Kansas boy, played by Lukas Haas."
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Superman: The Movie [HD]
3.  Superman: The Movie [HD] DVD Marlon Brando
The list author says:
  "Clark Kent's hometown of Smallville, USA bounced around from New York, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas in the comic books.

Then in 1978 the filmmakers decided Kansas would be it's official home. And it has remained Kansas all of the following comic books, novels, cartoons, TV Shows, and movies.

Unfortunately, a movie or TV show has never filmed on location in Kansas."
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Leap of Faith
4.  Leap of Faith DVD ~ Steve Martin
The list author says:
  "A con man sets up shop in the fictional Rustwater, KS. Lukas Haas once again plays a Kansan and oddly enough Liam Neeson gives it a try. Filmed in Texas."
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The Learning Tree
5.  The Learning Tree DVD ~ Kyle Johnson
The list author says:
  "A born and raised Kansan, Gordon Parks became the first African American to write, direct, and produce a major Hollywood movie. He also scored the film and wrote the autobiography about his childhood in 1920s Kansas which the film is based on.

Filmed mostly on set in Burbank, CA with some exterior shots of rural areas around Fort Scott, KS. Parks went on to direct Shaft and one of its sequels."
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Mary White
6.  Mary White DVD ~ Ed Flanders
The list author says:
  "The story of William Allen White's teenage daughter who's life was cut short and how her father's writings kept her alive and made him one of the most famous journalists of our time.

Filmed in Emporia."
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A Cool Dry Place
7.  A Cool Dry Place DVD ~ Vince Vaughn
The list author says:
  "Vince Vaughn coaches a small town Kansas high school basketball team after his wife abandons him and his five-year-old son. Filmed in Canada."
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The Day After
8.  The Day After DVD ~ Jason Robards
The list author says:
  "Residents of Lawrence try to survive a nuclear war and Steve Guttenberg. This also marks a very young Lukas Haas's first time playing a Kansas kid. Filmed on location."
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Prime Cut (1972)
9.  Prime Cut (1972) DVD ~ Lee Marvin
The list author says:
  "Gene Hackman gets into the human trafficing business in Kansas City, Kansas, so Lee Marvin has to come down from Chicago to kill him and save Sissy Spacek and her orphan friends.

Filmed mostly in Canada. Some establishing shots were filmed in KC, MO. Plus, a whole scene was filmed at the Douglas County Fair."
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Mysterious Skin (Original Theatrical Director's Cut)
10.  Mysterious Skin (Original Theatrical Director's Cut) DVD ~ Brady Corbet
The list author says:
  "A tale of hardship set in Hutchinson, KS starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and written by former resident Scott Heim. Some exterior shots where done in Hutchinson, but it was mostly film in California. JGL did travel to Hutchinson for research."
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Carnival of Souls (The Criterion Collection)
11.  Carnival of Souls (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Candace Hilligoss
The list author says:
  "Filmed in Lawrence and Utah by filmmakers from Oldfather's Studio which is now part of the KU Film Department."
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Americana
12.  Americana DVD ~ John Blyth Barrymore
The list author says:
  "David Carradine had such a love affair with Kansas that he directed two independent films there and named his daughter after the great state."
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Near Dark
13.  Near Dark DVD ~ Adrian Pasdar
The list author says:
  "One of the most infamous mass slaughters in the history of horror movies takes place in a Kansas roadhouse. Filmed in New Mexico."
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Paper Moon
14.  Paper Moon DVD ~ Ryan O'Neal
The list author says:
  "Parts were filmed in Wilson and Hays, Kansas."
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Sarah, Plain & Tall Collection
15.  Sarah, Plain & Tall Collection DVD ~ Glenn Close
The list author says:
  "These movies based on Patricia MacLachlan's novels answer the question the books never do: Where exactly does the story take place? Answer: Kansas. While the first movie was only partially filmed in Kansas, the the last two, Skylark and Winter's End, were filmed entirely on location.

Actress Lois Smith (Twister, Five Easy Pieces, True Blood) from Topeka, KS plays Lou Wheaton in Skylark."
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Ride with the Devil (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
16.  Ride with the Devil (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Tobey Maguire
The list author says:
  "The story of Bleeding Kansas told from the Missouri Bushwackers' point of view. The recreation of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence features actual citizens of Lawrence as extras.

Filmed partially in Kansas."
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Wyatt Earp [Blu-ray]
17.  Wyatt Earp [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Kevin Costner
The list author says:
  "One of about a hundred movies about the Dodge City defenders Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson.

Kevin Costner also showed up in Kansas when he took a pit stop at Fort Hays in Dances with Wolves."
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Dodge City
18.  Dodge City DVD ~ Errol Flynn
The list author says:
  "A highly fictionalized tale filmed in Hollywood, but the film had one of the biggest and most memorable world premieres ever in the little town of Dodge City."
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Wild Bill
19.  Wild Bill DVD ~ Jeff Bridges
The list author says:
  "The first movie about Kansas lawmen Bill Hickok came out in 1923, this one followed 72 years later.

Filmed in California."
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Capote / in Cold Blood Set [Blu-ray]
20.  Capote / in Cold Blood Set [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
The list author says:
  "Don't forget all this. The other versions with Toby Jones and Anthony Edwards aren't bad either. Only the original In Cold Blood was filmed on location."
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Wichita
21.  Wichita DVD ~ Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges, Wallace Ford, Peter Graves Joel Mccrea
The list author says:
  "A fictional tale of Wyatt Earp in Wichita. Directed by one of the greats, Jaques Tourneur."
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The Harvey Girls
22.  The Harvey Girls DVD ~ Judy Garland
The list author says:
  "The story of how a Kansas business changed the Southwest and the lives of several young women employed by it."
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4 Film Favorites: Critters (Critters, Critters 2, Critters 3, Critters 4)
23.  4 Film Favorites: Critters (Critters, Critters 2, Critters 3, Critters 4) DVD ~ Rupert Harvey
The list author says:
  "Little hairy monsters invade the fictional town of Groove's Bend, KS in Critters 1 & 2."
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The Ice Harvest (Widescreen Edition)
24.  The Ice Harvest (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ John Cusack
The list author says:
  "Set in Wichita. Filmed in Illinois. I don't like this movie at all.

Features Randy Quaid who made a name for himself as Cousin Eddy from Russell, Kansas in the National Lampoon Vacation films."
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The Lookout
25.  The Lookout DVD Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The list author says:
  "Joseph Gordon-Levitt returns to Kansas in The Lookout as a bank robber with a head injury.

Filmed in Canada."
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The Hunt For The BTK Killer
26.  The Hunt For The BTK Killer DVD Robert Forster
The list author says:
  "Robert Forster plays the Wichita detective that finally ended the career of the nation's longest active serial killer.

Don't judge this movie by it's distasteful cover."
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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [HD]
27.  Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [HD] DVD Michael B. Jordan
The list author says:
  "Wally West, The Flash, saves his hometown of Keystone City, Kansas from being wiped out of existence."
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The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
28.  The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Judy Garland
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  "Thanks for all the quotes."
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Looper
29.  Looper DVD Bruce Willis
The list author says:
  "Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a Kansas scumbag who works as an executioner for mobsters with a time machine.

It's awful.

Set in Kansas and filmed in Louisiana."
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Santa Fe Trail
30.  Santa Fe Trail DVD ~ Ronald Reagan
The list author says:
  "John Brown led the abolitionist movement in Kansas. This movie, The Jayhawkers! (1959) and the unavailable Seven Angry Men (1955) encapsulate all the bloody controversy."
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The Dark Command (B/W) [HD]
31.  The Dark Command (B/W) [HD] DVD John Wayne
The list author says:
  "Western icons John Wayne and Roy Rogers star in movie loosely based on the war criminal William Quantrill.

Other films about Quantrill include Kansas Raiders (1950), The Legend of the Golden Gun (1979), Kansas Pacific (1953), Young Jesse James (1960) and Arizona Raiders (1965)."
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Up the Academy (1980)
32.  Up the Academy (1980) DVD Wendell Brown
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  "A bunch of kids stuck in a military academy have only copies MAD Magazine to help them cope.

Filmed entirely on location at St. John's Military School for Boys in Salina, KS."
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Murder Ordained
33.  Murder Ordained DVD ~ Keith Carradine
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  "A TV mini-series filmed in Emporia by Kansan and Emmy winner Mike Robe."
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My Own Love Song
34.  My Own Love Song DVD Renee Zellweger
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  "filmed in Marysville, KS"
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Kansas [VHS]
35.  Kansas [VHS] VHS Matt Dillon
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  "filmed on location"
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