Wichita in Pop Culture
As a Wichitan, I'm always excited when I hear Wichita references in a song or on TV. I'm not sure if its pride or surprise, but it's really cool to be able to say "Hey, that's where I'm from!" Wichita is usually a little under the radar, so it's almost refreshing to hear "Wichita" in the middle of a movie or song. Believe it or not, it happens pretty often.
Here are some memorable Wichita mentions in pop culture. If you've got a few we missed, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Zombieland (2009 Movie)
Emma Stone's character in Zombieland is called "Wichita" in reference to the character's town of origin.
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes Song)
"I'm going to Wichita, far from this opera for evermore."
Wichita (Gary Jules Song)
“Everything is frozen north of Wichita.”
Golden (Lady Antebellum Song)
“The sunset falls in Wichita, the yellow dances through the blue.”
Wichita (Gillian Welch Song)
“She went back to Wichita, She went back to her Ma and Pa.”
The River (Rich Mullins Song)
“Maybe she could move to Wichita.”
Wichita Vortex Sutra
An Allen Ginsberg poem from the 60s. Ginsberg was a pretty big deal in the beatnik scene. Wichita Vortex Sutra was a poem he recorded on tape. It's an anti-war piece that's a really cool read or listen, but probably resonated better in the 60s. Don't let that stop you from checking it out though.
Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Bob Dylan Song)
“Pack up the meat, Sweet, we’re headin’ out for Wichita in a pile of Fruit.”
My Wild Frontier (Faith Hill Song)
“We travelled clear across Wichita, headin’ north.”
A Road is Just A Road (Dixie Chicks song)
“No matter where you go, from Waterloo to Wichita
A road is just a road that the one you love is leaving on”
You're Not In Kansas Anymore (Jo Dee Messina Song)
“He said, ‘I grew up near Wichita, In a Mayberry kind of town.’”
Hutchinson Jail (Nancy Sinatra Song)
“I got a man in Wichita and a man in Saginaw.”
Mad Men (AMC Series, 2013)
In the series’s second-to-last episode, main character Pete Campbell receives a job offer as the head of public relations at Learjet in Wichita. Many other Wichita references exist throughout the episode, including comments on how beautiful the city is as well as comments about the unmatched quality of beef.
Wichita (Cats On Trees Song)
“I’m going to Wichita.”
Knight and Day (2010 Movie)
The 2010 film co-starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz spent an extended period of production time being referred to as the “untitled Wichita project,” as it was originally intended to take place in ICT. Though the airport scenes were filmed elsewhere, they were intended to be representative of the Wichita airport. Though the setting of the film was changed in the end, some of the films extras remained listed as ‘Wichita airport travelers” in the credits!
Twister (1996 Movie)
"Yeah, well Kansas is a mess, there's a big crease right through Wichita."
Wichita Skyline (Shawn Colvin Song)
"Now I'm just a flat fine line like the Wichita skyline."
The Ice Harvest (2005 Movie)
This movie is set in Wichita, Kansas. I will never understand the most famous line "As Wichita falls... so falls Wichita Falls." It's deep and/or dark beyond my intellect.
Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell Song)
This song, originally by Glen Campbell, has been covered by many different artists, giving Wichita even more credit!
Johnny Depp Interview on The Rum Diary (Circa 2011)
"I believe that this film, regardless of what it makes in, you know, Wichita, Kansas, this week – which is probably about $13 – it doesn't make any difference. I believe that this film will have a shelf life. I think it will stick around and people will watch it and enjoy it."
I've Been Everywhere (Johnny Cash Song)
"... Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota, Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa..."
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987 Movie)
Neal: "Are you saying I could be 'stuck in Wichita?"
Del: "I'm saying you 'are' stuck in Wichita."
Big Fish (2003)
"Her neighbor drove her, on account of your father was on business in Wichita."
True Dreams of Wichita (Soul Coughing Song)
This smooth jam gets its name from none other than Wichita, KS!
The Big Kahuna (1999 Movie)
A Kevin Spacey movie set in Wichita. There are a couple of quick shots of downtown that a movie crew came to town to shoot. The skyline hasn't changed much since then.
All the President's Men (1976 Movie)
"...that’s a question straight out of Wichita, Kansas."
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (1999 Movie)
A Christopher Walken and Glenn Close movie partially filmed at Old Cowntown.
1985 New York Times Article
A song-writing contest to promote Wichita worked. I say we try this one again.
What did we miss?
Do you know of and Wichita references in pop culture that aren't in this list? Let us know in the comments!