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The National WWI Museum and Liberty Memorial is one of Kansas City's most iconic landmarks and is the top tourist attraction in the city. It is the only museum in the United States that shares the stories of the Great War through those who lived through it. Interestingly enough, the landmark has been featured in numerous television shows and Hollywood films.
While some historical documentaries share the history of the Liberty Memorial, other films have used the landmark's aesthetics for cinematic purposes. For example, in the 1983 made-for-TV movie, The Day After, the Liberty Memorial and Kansas City are reduced to rubble during a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia.
While the majority of the film was shot in nearby Lawrence, Kansas, the Liberty Memorial offered the film's most dramatic scenes. In the movie's final scene, actor Jason Robards somberly walks through the ruins to see what's left of the city and the Liberty Memorial. The Day After is still the highest-rated and most-watched made-for-TV movie of all time.
The memorial was also prominently featured in the 1992 Howard Deutch film, Article 99. The movie follows a group of dedicated physicians who work at a veteran's hospital in Kansas City. The film shows how the doctors fight the bureaucracy of the hospital's administration in order to properly care for their patients. The movie was filmed in the now-demolished St. Mary's Hospital which once overlooked the city's skyline and the Liberty Memorial. The all-star cast featured Lea Thompson, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Kiefer Sutherland, and John Mahoney.
Cover image by the National WWI Museum is licensed under Public Domain.