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Winter Kill (1974)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 15 April 1974
A sniper is killing residents at a winter resort. Who will die next? And why?

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Sheriff Sam McNeill
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Dr. Bill Hammond
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Bill Carter
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Peter Lockhard
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Mayor Clinton Bickford
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Charley Eastman
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Grace Lockhard
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Betty
John Calvin ...
Deputy Jerry Troy
Louise Latham ...
Doris
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Harvey
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Dave Michaels
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Mildred Young
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Ben
Devra Korwin ...
Elaine Carter
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Someone is shooting the residents of a mountain resort town. Sheriff McNeill (Andy Griffith) must figure out the connection that links the victims and find the sniper before he (or she) kills again, and before the town council relieves him of duty. Written by yortsnave

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15 April 1974 (USA)  »

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This unsold television series pilot was inspired by the film They Only Kill Their Masters (1972), starring James Garner. See more »

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Spin-off Adams of Eagle Lake (1975) See more »

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A good 70s period piece
16 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After Mayberry, producers plugged Andy Griffith back into a sheriff's role & transplanted him to the high country of N. California. The town (Eagle Lake) is a ski resort, where Nick Nolte, a year or so shy of his big break in "Rich Man, Poor Man," is an instructor. A sudden string of homicides has the town fathers eager for a resolution before the tourist season begins (a theme used a year later in the theatrical "Jaws").

TV movies were becoming the forum for the changing morality & formerly taboo topics (the sheriff has a live-in girl friend; the plot revolves around the locals that aided in a young woman's abortion), even moreso than theatrical flicks, & "Winter Kill" is a fine crucible of the kinds of things the networks were peddling in prime time back then. There @Eagle Lake, the adulterers probably outnumber the tourists.

Movie features a slew of familiar TV faces of the time: John Larch, Eugene Roche, Charles Tyner. Occasionally rebroadcast on TNT, altho it might be more @home on Lifetime. Some good suspense; definitely not for children.


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