Winter Kills 1983 R CC

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Jeff Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the son of world- famous tycoon Pa Kegan (John Huston) and half-brother of the late President Timothy Kegan who was slain by a lone assassin 19 years earlier.

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Jeff Bridges, John Huston
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1 hour, 27 minutes

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Winter Kills

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director William Richert
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Huston
Supporting actors Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, Dorothy Malone, Tomas Milian, Belinda Bauer, Ralph Meeker, Toshirô Mifune, Richard Boone, David Spielberg, Brad Dexter, Michael Thoma, Ed Madsen, Irving Selbst, Chris Soldo, Robert Courtleigh, Peter Brandon, Joe Spinell
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Old movies are the best!
george raven
Gangsters, threats, porn producers, drugs, alcoholism and big money in paper bags were just some of the many things that went into the making of this movie.
Uncle Chino
Frankly I didn't enjoy it at all, and I was 'trying' to keep an OPEN-mind about its contents too.
Dr. R. R. Dartt

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Kelly on February 23, 2006
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First, this film blew me away. And second, I would never have discovered this movie had I not chanced upon it at the library ... and I'm baffled more people don't mention it. Huston's megalomaniacal Mr. Burns cum Palmer Eldritch cum Citizen Kane is diabolically delicious and the kind of character that should show up in one of the Hollywood retrospectives they show when a host is caught up snorting lines backstage during the Oscars. In fact, "Winter Kills" teems with offbeat characterizations that might flutter off into self-absorbed zaniness if not for Jeff Bridges in a competent everyman role. Perkins performs the kind of inspired cameo that makes you shake your head he couldn't have broken free of the "Psycho" mold. Sterling Hayden, interestingly, plays a character that could very well be the same power-mad general he played in "Dr. Strangelove," retired now and protecting his land with tanks. And Liz Taylor is perfect in her split-second appearance as a sort of doughboy Heidi Fleiss, dolled up and glassy-eyed. Bridges, tempered amid the maelstrom and a smart, multilayered "whodunit" script keeps the film grounded. The biting parallels to JFK are even more poignant today, now that business interests have unseated our country's ideals completely.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vermilion Sands on October 8, 2005
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I love this movie, it's one of my favourite American films because of its continuous odd and intoxicating humour - Anchor Bay's dvd transfer is technically good but the bad special effects are highlighted by the deluxe treatment and more importantly the enigmatic and poetic ending featuring the woman and waving child riding past Jeff Bridges on a bicycle (which happens throughout the film just before someone gets killed) is simply and amazingly not there - instead we get a tracking shot on a "futuristic" answering machine which is definitely lame in comparison. I think I'll be returning more frequently to the VHS.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George T. Parsons on April 26, 2003
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One of those 70s films that haunts me (John Huston's Wiseblood is another, there are lots more). This was based on a story by Richard Condon who also wrote The Manchurian Candidiate. A great cast with a very young Jeff Bridges as the lead in this partially based on fact, darkest of comedies, paranoid controversy theoretical waking nightmare of a movie.
Richard Boone, Sterling Hayden, Toshiro Mifune, Liz Taylor, JOHN HUSTON, Anthony Perkins, Ralph Meeker, Eli Wallach, Tomas Milian, many only get a scene or two, some only a scene, but they are all used for all the iconic power they are capable of generating. Not to mention exquisite cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond and an astounding debut for director/actor/etc., William Richert. This film was way too early for it's time, and in the same way Welles' Citizen Kane stepped on the feet of a giant this film also played with the thinly veiled mythology of real people, in this case the Kennedys. The story of why this brilliant film was stillborn upon it's initial release is likely a story worthy of the intrigue and rampant angst that fuels this spectacular film itself; though it's only hinted at in the Who Killed Winter Kills documentary, (that helps to flesh out the second disc disc of this set). I must admit that this all could have fit well onto one disc; but whatever the form, this is a film that is well worth seeking out, and it holds up very well to repeated viewings. It's one of those movies you'll want to turn other people on to. Check it out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By silvio panta on February 7, 2004
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Twelve years before Oliver Stone dazzled (or repelled) audiences with "JFK," director William Richert delivered a more potent vision of a political assassination, and the country that fostered the implements of such an act, with his unbelievably radical adaptation of the late Richard Condon's novel.
As surreal as it is plausible, Richert's 1979 movie about a man's search for the truth behind the slaying of his president-brother ranks among the best political thrillers Hollywood ever produced during the conspiracy-happy '70s. As with "The Parallax View," "Executive Action" and other similarly themed films, "Winter Kills" is enthralling entertainment that puts the viewer on the front seat of a rollercoaster ride through an eerie labyrinth of deceit and corruption.
The two-disc DVD version of this neglected gem is way overpriced and could have been included on the reverse side of a single disc but the package does include several extras that complement this wild movie that reflected the public's growing distrust of the government and the people who run it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy B. Harmon on January 13, 2008
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In this "Special Edition" DVD you see just how hard and how dedicated all involved were to making trhis movie. A film I consider far ahead of its time and in the same vein to close to the JFK death for most to watrch comfortably.
All involved are superior and the writing is cutting edge even by todays standards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on April 11, 2003
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The much anticipated DVD release of WINTER KILLS is a cause for celebration to cult film fanatics everywhere.
Richard Condon's dazzlingly paranoid comic novel about an American president's assassination investigation has been perfectly captured by writer-director William Richert. This little seen film, barely released in 1979 after a torturous, much delayed production, received strong reviews and then disappeared.
There was talk the Kennedy family didn't approve and put pressure on parent company Avco Embassy (which had military contract associations) to withdraw the film, Condon suggested in an article, "Who Killed Winter Kills" for Harper's magazine. Whatever the case -- and the story behind the filming is certainly as interesting as the film story -- this marvelous, all-star thriller about the brother of a murdered president looking into the killing plays with the darkest, almost subconscious fears this country has collectively harbored about the death of JFK.
The once in a lifetime cast includes: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Sterling Hayden, Richard Boone, Elizabeth Taylor, Eli Wallach, Ralph Meeker, Toshiro Mifune and Belinda Bauer. Plus a great score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia). Extras on this two-disc set (seems like it could've all fit easily on one disc) include a lively, sometimes startling, commentary from Richert and OK interviews with Bridges, Bauer, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and production designer Robert Boyle. Highly recommended.
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