Winter Kills

1979, Drama, 1h 37m

17 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination, this comic thriller follows Nick Kegan (Jeff Bridges), the younger brother of a U.S. president killed 19 years earlier. After finding a man claiming to be his brother's second assassin, Nick begins an intricate investigation into the secrets behind the murder. But Nick runs into trouble when his controlling father (John Huston) tries to keep him from uncovering the truth.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Bridges
Nick Kegan
Anthony Perkins
John Cerruti
Eli Wallach
Joe Diamond
Tomas Milian
Frank Mayo
Belinda Bauer
Yvette Malone
Ralph Meeker
Gameboy Baker
David Spielberg
Miles Garner
Brad Dexter
Captain Heller One
Michael Thoma
Ray Doty
Ed Madsen
Captain Heller Two
Irving Selbert
Irving Mentor
William Richert
Screenwriter
Leonard Goldberg
Executive Producer
Robert Sterling
Executive Producer
Maurice Jarre
Original Music
Vilmos Zsigmond
Cinematographer
Robert F. Boyle
Production Designer
Norman Newberry
Art Direction
Arthur Seth Parker
Set Decoration
Robert De Mora
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Critic Reviews for Winter Kills

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2)

  • Richert gives the film a hard, bright surface -- this is not a seductive fantasy, it's more of the sarcastic, take-it-or-leave-it kind.

    March 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Huston gives a powerhouse performance, and Bridges, always likeable, runs through his repertoire of facial expressions and grimaces, but it's a lost cause.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • An excellent conspiracy thriller of unusual blackness and wit.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • The film is funny, but it's frightening and vertiginous, too -- a complex tone that apparently left audiences baffled.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The satiric edge qualifies the film as a sick joke, which helps explain why the studio was reluctant to support it and why the public was reluctant to watch it. But it is audacious, and it's easy to see why it has developed a modest cult following.

    November 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Richert gives the film a hard, bright surface -- this is not a seductive fantasy, it's more of the sarcastic, take-it-or-leave-it kind.

    March 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Huston gives a powerhouse performance, and Bridges, always likeable, runs through his repertoire of facial expressions and grimaces, but it's a lost cause.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • An excellent conspiracy thriller of unusual blackness and wit.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • The satiric edge qualifies the film as a sick joke, which helps explain why the studio was reluctant to support it and why the public was reluctant to watch it. But it is audacious, and it's easy to see why it has developed a modest cult following.

    November 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • ... the maddest and most entertaining of Kennedy conspiracy thrillers, a wild kaleidoscope of clashing theories directed with wit and performed with gusto by an astounding cast.

    January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Winter Kills

  • Jan 21, 2020
    Even if the final product feels unfinished (which given the troubled production, is understandable) I can appreciate the way the movie both indulges in conspiracy theory tropes and then cheekily undermines them.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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