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Winter Kills (1979)

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The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed US President Kegan in 1960, in Philadelphia. 19 years later a dying man confesses to be the real shooter hired to kill him. Kegan's brother and filthy rich father investigate.

Director:

William Richert

Writers:

Richard Condon (book), William Richert (written for the screen)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Nick Kegan
John Huston ... Pa Kegan
Anthony Perkins ... John Cerruti
Eli Wallach ... Joe Diamond
Sterling Hayden ... Z.K. Dawson
Dorothy Malone ... Emma Kegan
Tomas Milian ... Frank Mayo
Belinda Bauer ... Yvette Malone
Ralph Meeker ... Gameboy Baker
Toshirô Mifune ... Keith
Richard Boone ... Keifitz
David Spielberg ... Miles Garner
Brad Dexter ... Captain Heller One
Michael Thoma ... Ray Doty
Ed Madsen Ed Madsen ... Captain Heller Two
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Storyline

19 years after President Timothy Keegan was assassinated, his brother Nick discovers a dying man claiming to have been the gunman. While trying to avoid his wealthy and domineering father's attempts to control his actions, Nick follows the clues that have been handed to him. As he progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the real trails from the dead ends, and increasing dangerous as unknown parties try to stop Nick from uncovering the truth. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Winter Kills. The Comedy. See more »


Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Traficantes de poder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,083,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,083,799
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, actor Richard Boone was drunk most of the time during his days on the film. According to director William Richert, Richard Boone was so drunk throughout the shoot that Richert was quite impressed with how functional the man was. Production designer Robert F. Boyle worked with Boone once before on John Wayne's last film, 'The Shootist', and he confirms in the documentary 'Who Killed Winter Kills?' that Boone was always drunk but quite functional on that shoot as well. See more »

Goofs

When Yvette refuses Nick's marriage proposal, she puts her right hand on his face. When the angle changes she suddenly has both hands on his face. See more »

Quotes

Z.K. Dawson: What I ought to do is run right over you, flatten you like a waffle.
Nick Kegan: Sir?
Z.K. Dawson: I know why you're here. You're here because you think I had some part of a conspiracy killed your brother. You and all the other conspiracy lovers in this conspiracy-loving country.
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Alternate Versions

Reissued in 1983 with deleted scenes restored. See more »

Connections

References Don't Look Now (1973) See more »

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How Political Satire is Done
26 August 2004 | by mrwarmthSee all my reviews

A wily, labyrinthine political satire that is saved from being over the top by the brilliant performances of its cast. The movie takes the paranoid storytelling style of the Cold War thriller, but applies it to American domestic politics instead. It is very much like "Three Days of the Condor" in that respect. However, "Winter Kills" has a much more sophisticated point of view on American politics than the latter film, and does a great job of showing how the interconnected corruptions of family, culture, technology and politics all intersect in the most surprising, and horrifying ways. The movie was way ahead of its time in this respect, and is just as relevant to day as it was when it was made - perhaps more so.


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