Kansas City is a 1996 dramatic musical directed by Robert Altman. In 1930s Kansas, Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is in dire straits. Her husband, Johnny (Dermot Mulroney), ran afoul of local gangsters at the Hey Hey Club and is now a prisoner. Blondie knew that marrying a petty thief would lead to dark consequences, but her only thought is to rescue Johnny and try to make a new start together. In her desperation, however, Blondie turns to desperate measures. Believing that a local politician, Henry Stilton (Michael Murphy), can help her rescue Johnny, Blondie decides her only recourse is blackmail. She kidnaps his wife, Carolyn (Miranda Richardson), and holds her hostage while Henry reluctantly tries to free Johnny from his gangster captor, Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte). As Carolyn and Blondie spend time together, an unlikely bond begins to form between the two women, further complicating Johnny and Blondie's happy reunion.