Dead Of Winter 1987 R CC

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Mary Steenburgen stars as an out-of-work actress who accompanies Roddy McDowall to an isolated house for an audition that takes a horrifying twist in this white-knuckle shocker.

Starring:
Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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Dead Of Winter

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Drama, Horror
Director Arthur Penn
Starring Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall
Supporting actors Jan Rubes, William Russ, Ken Pogue, Wayne Robson, Mark Malone, Michael Copeman, Sam Malkin, Pamela Moller, Dwayne McLean, Paul Welsh
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The acting is great.
kevin garrett
Great movie...came out years ago and watched it all the time..
Marty L. Smith
I kept wanting something to happen that I wasn't expecting.
May Peera-Ordonez

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gladney on November 20, 2002
Format: DVD
I shouldn't like "Dead of Winter" as much as I do. It has some faults, a few of them glaring. But, however many faults the movie has, it still grips me, and evokes the fear and suspense necessary for it to qualify as a taut thriller. You have a claustrophobic setting, disturbing older men, a woman in distress, and murder. These ingredients come together to make for a very interesting hour and a half. At the very least, I found myself entertained.
The film starts out with the murder of a woman in an abandoned parking lot on a snowy winter's night. Next we are in New York City, where we are exposed to the struggling actor's life of Katie McGovern (Mary Steenburgen). She is just looking for that one good role (with good pay, of course). After she does well at an audition, the man hosting it, Mr. Murray (Roddy McDowall), invites her upstate to an isolated country house, in order to do some test screening. Katie agrees. She tells her boyfriend she will call him once there, and is off. Once Katie arrives at the house, she is introduced to the man in charge, Dr. Joseph Lewis (sinisterly portrayed by Jan Rubes). Uneasy things begin to occur (the phones lines go dead, and the car won't start), and soon Katie's world turns upside down as the two older men begin to unveil their frightening plan upon the unsuspecting actress.
There are things to knock about "Dead of Winter". Many of them involve aspects of what film critic Roger Ebert has termed "The Idiot Plot". This is where characters are in certain situations that go on for far too long because, instead of doing the sensible thing, they act with fairly bad judgement, thus enabling the movie to exist and continue on. A few examples: Why go hours upstate to an isolated house for a screen test?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
Format: DVD
Director Arthur Penn is a far cry from his classic BONNIE AND CLYDE in this elegant if somewhat somnambulent thriller. A movie that relies more on the implication of doom rather than the actual depiction of violence, DEAD OF WINTER is a clever little thriller buoyed by the presence of Mary Steenburgen in multiple roles and Roddy McDowall as a sinister henchman to psychiatrist Jan Rubes. William Russ (WiseGuys) rounds out the cast as Mary's handicapped but heroic husband. There aren't a whole lot of surprises in the movie, but it's old-fashioned feel and Penn's assured if overly so, direction makes DEAD OF NIGHT a pleasant diversion from today's gory in your face thrillers.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By golden_horse on July 29, 2007
Format: DVD
In his review for Amazon Tom Keogh asks why the director Arthur Penn would have anything to do with this movie. Well in '87 Penn's career wasn't exactly on fire after the back to back flops Target and Four Friends. So the question is why wouldn't he be attracted to it. On the surface it's a very well written, tightly paced and moody story. And it was his last watchable feature film (he followed it with the not so watchable and somewhat ironically titled Penn & Teller Get Killed after which his career was effectively over). Not to mention the fact that it's based on a 40's film noir which always seems to be a favorite genre for many directors to draw on. Keogh also states that Roddy McDowall plays a "crazy millionaire". This part was in fact played by Jan Rubes. McDowall plays Rubes man servant.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Baranyai on May 30, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
In this movie Mary Steenburgen plays an actress named Katie who is offered an audition in a new movie. To audition for this part Katie travels to a lonely mansion accompanied by Roddy McDowell. Things however are not what they seem to be. For you younger people reading this that will be the first thing you learn in Sociology 101 when you get to College. Katie soon finds herself trapped in the role she has to play and the snow is piling up outside which makes escape impossible. This movie is enhanced by the presence of the late Roddy McDowell who I believe never gave a bad performance in his entire acting career. 5 stars for this gem of a Horror movie.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I can't say enough about this movie. From the very first scene all the way to the very end. It pulls you right in from the start and doesn't seem to let go. I think the snow storm really adds to the mood. The house is just the perfect setting. I love Roddy McDowall - he is perfect for his part. Actually everyone in it is. Jan Rubes who plays Dr. Lewis is spectacular! It is a movie that could really happen. The first time I saw it was during a snow storm in 1991 (which really added to the mood) and I taped it from tv, I have watched it at least a dozen times and now own it on V.H.S. and D.V.D. Just when you "think" you know what might happen the unexpected does. I wish they would come out with a sequel to this although I don't know how they could top it. If you have not seen this movie - I am not even going to say rent it, BUY IT! You won't be disappointed!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anony Mous on June 14, 2009
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I found the acting, directing, atmosphere, and some of the writing excellent. It is loaded with suspense and surprises. The story is fascinating--an actress supposedly being hired by a movie company to play a role, but in reality she really has been hired to be murdered by someone who needs to kill her. The plot is sometimes difficult to follow. And the screenplay has many plot holes which make the story hardly believable. Because of the excellent direction and acting, the plot holes becomes noticable mainly after the movie ends. You then realize how illogically the characters have been acting and how preposterous this contrived story is. Still, it has its fun moments.
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