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Winter Kills (1977)

Winter Kills (1977)

Winter Kills




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Based on a novel by the iconoclastic Richard Condon (of Manchurian Candidate and Prizzi's Honor fame), Winter Kills was one of the vanguard efforts in the "JFK conspiracy" school of literature. Jeff Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the scion of a powerful Kennedyesque family, who has done his best to make himself obscure after the assassination of his older brother, the former president of the U.S. While working as an oil rigger, Nick is introduced to a terminally ill gentleman who claims to have been "the second assassin." His curiosity aroused, Nick begins digging into what was supposed to be a closed case -- and, predictably, what he finds out isn't pretty. This, however, is the only predictable element of this mesmerizingly mazelike yarn. A failure when first released, Winter Kills fared somewhat better when director William Richert arranged to rerelease the film through his own company and restore several scenes that had been cut by its previous backers. Elizabeth Taylor appears uncredited as one "Lola Comante."more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Richert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
AVCO Embassy Pictures


Jeff Bridges
as Nick Kegan
John Huston
as Pa Kegan
Anthony Perkins
as John Ceruti
Eli Wallach
as Joe Diamond
Sterling Hayden
as Z.K. Dawson
Dorothy Malone
as Emma Kegan
Tomás Milian
as Frank Mayo
Belinda Bauer
as Yvette Malone
Ralph Meeker
as Gameboy Baker
Elizabeth Taylor
as Lola Comante
Brad Dexter
as Capt. Heller
Ed Madsen
as Captain Two
Irving Selbst
as Irving Mentor
Chris Soldo
as Jeffreys
Robert Courleigh
as 1st Mate of T.K.
Joe Spinell
as Arthur Fletcher
Ira S. Rosenstein
as Orderly on T.K.
Kyle Morris
as John Kullens
Phil Lito
as Police Driver
Barbara Richert
as Woman Cyclist
Jake Strider Hughes
as Child on Cycle
Patrice Bough
as Secretary One
Eloise Hardt
as Secretary Two
Gladys Hill
as Rosemary
Kim O'Brien
as 1st Blonde Girl
Candice Rialson
as 2nd Blonde Girl
Loyd Catlett
as Z.K. Dawson
Michael Bond
as Flight Engineer
Helene Fagan
as Stewardess
Gianni Russo
as Copilot
Peter Koshel
as Cop/Casino Latino
as Cuban Singer
Robert F. Boyle
as Desk Clerk
Sidney Lanier
as Raymond the Butler
Helen Curry
as Black Maid
Jesse Veliz
as Cuban Man in Havana
Robert Wolcott
as Shoeshine Boy
Agneta Eckemyr
as Nurse One
Tisa Farrow
as Nurse Two
Billie Allen
as Receptionist
Joe Ragno
as Doorman
Loutz Gage
as Butler
Camilla Sparv
as Beautiful Woman
Andrea Claudio
as Beautiful Woman
Erin Gray
as Beautiful Woman
Susan Walden
as Beautiful Woman
Rebecca Grimes
as Beautiful Woman
Jennifer Keith
as Beautiful Woman
Amanda Jones
as Beautiful Woman
Berry Berenson
as Morgue Attendant
Tim Culbertson
as Security Guard
Regis Mull
as Cop with Keifetz
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Critic Reviews for Winter Kills

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Huston gives a powerhouse performance, and Bridges, always likeable, runs through his repertoire of facial expressions and grimaces, but it's a lost cause.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An excellent conspiracy thriller of unusual blackness and wit.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Winter Kills" isn't exactly a comedy, but it's funny. And it isn't exactly serious, but it takes on the serious business of the Kennedy assassination.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is funny, but it's frightening and vertiginous, too -- a complex tone that apparently left audiences baffled.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though it garnered little attention in theaters, it has become a cult favorite on video.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As an absurdist take on conspiracy thrillers, it's close to brilliant -- assuming you get the joke, which audiences don't seem to have in 1979.

Full Review… | October 22, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Winter Kills


A pretty damn entertaining little flick. The jokes didn't much do it for me but a fantastic cast and good pacing really keeps this chugging along. The story behind the making of this movie was more interesting to me than the actual movie though, I have to admit.


Solid suspense/dark comedy trying to make sense of the Kennedy assassination, this time with Jeff Bridges as the president's half-brother following a convoluted trail of conspiracy. I wouldn't have liked it as much (the story was a little slow and a little confusing at times), but the cast was really fun to watch. Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors, but the real treats here were John Huston as his egomaniacal father (seeing Huston walking around in bikini briefs is not something I ever really needed to see), Anthony Perkins as an egomaniacal man behind the curtain, and Sterling Hayden as just plain maniacal.

J Dean

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