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Kansas (1995)

When a single mother and high-powered Chicago ad executive returns to her home town in Kansas to care for her ailing father, she rediscovers the joys and hardships of farm life.

Director:

Robert Mandel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Wettig ... Virginia 'Giny' Mae Farley
Matt Craven ... Matt
Bethel Leslie ... Mabel 'Nana' Farley
Deirdre O'Connell ... Holly
Scott Paulin ... Tom
Jenny Robertson ... Elizabeth 'Betsy' Farley
Lyndsay Riddell Lyndsay Riddell ... Megan Farley
Luke Rossi Luke Rossi ... Joey Farley
Josef Sommer ... Joseph 'Joe' Farley
Geoffrey Lewis ... J.D.
Edafe Okurume Edafe Okurume ... Mandou (as Edafe Blackmon)
John M. Jackson ... Harvey Purvis
Monet Mazur ... Lindsay, Holly's Daughter
Matthew Posey ... Vernon
Peggy Rea
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Storyline

When a single mother and high-powered Chicago ad executive returns to her home town in Kansas to care for her ailing father, she rediscovers the joys and hardships of farm life.

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You can't know yourself until you know your own family.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Sturm See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bland and toothless, even by family entertainment standards
18 January 2016 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

It eventually becomes clear while watching the made for TV movie "Kansas" that though it has a stand alone story (kind of), it was also made as a pilot for a proposed television series. All I can say to that is that I'm glad the network executives passed on the opportunity. This is the kind of movie that can be summed up simply by stating its musical score mostly consists of a piano slowly being played or a guitar being slowly played. There is no real bite to this movie; it's so slow-moving and with almost no signs of conflict or troubling material in its 93 minute running time. And there are some things in the movie, like the Kenyan exchange student, that are left unfinished since the producers seemingly had the gall to assume that this pilot would be picked up. This is the kind of production that gives the label "family entertainment" a bad name.


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