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Winter Kill -- The ski resort Police Chief Sam McNeill protects is the target of a serial killer who leaves no clues except taunting messages
spray-painted next to the bodies of his or her victims.


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Release Date:
15 April 1974 (USA) See more »
A sniper is killing residents at a winter resort. Who will die next? And why? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Andy Griffith ... Sheriff Sam McNeill
John Larch ... Dr. Bill Hammond

Tim O'Connor ... Bill Carter

Lawrence Pressman ... Peter Lockhard

Eugene Roche ... Mayor Clinton Bickford

Charles Tyner ... Charley Eastman

Joyce Van Patten ... Grace Lockhard

Sheree North ... Betty
John Calvin ... Deputy Jerry Troy
Louise Latham ... Doris
Robert F. Simon ... Harvey

Nick Nolte ... Dave Michaels

Ruth McDevitt ... Mildred Young
Walter Brooke ... Ben
Devra Korwin ... Elaine Carter
David Frankham ... Reverend Phillips
Elayne Heilveil ... Cynthia

Directed by
Jud Taylor 
Writing credits
John Michael Hayes (teleplay)

David Karp (story)

Produced by
Alan Godfrey .... associate producer
Richard O. Linke .... executive producer
Burt Nodella .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Frank Stanley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Henry Berman 
Casting by
Gary Shaffer 
Art Direction by
Albert Brenner 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
Makeup Department
Billie Jordan .... hair stylist
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Harris Katleman .... executive in charge of television production (as Harris L. Katleman)
Maurice Vaccarino .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Washburn .... assistant director (as Charles C. Washburn)
Art Department
Carl Beondé .... property master (as Carl Beonde)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
Hal Watkins .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Lynn Kaatz .... costumer: women (as Paula Kaatz)
Stephen Lodge .... costumer: men
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Willard Jones .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Lincoln Mayorga .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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94 min
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Did You Know?

This unsold television series pilot was inspired by the film They Only Kill Their Masters (1972), starring James Garner.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spin off "Adams of Eagle Lake" (1975)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A good 70s period piece, 16 June 2009
Author: praxistens from United States

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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