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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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John Michael Hayes (teleplay)
David Karp (story)
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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)
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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Frightening childhood memories, 24 July 2006
Author: Benjamin Wolfe from USA

I recall staying up late one night back in 74' and watching this in the dark with my older brother, all while staying over night at my grandma's house, down stairs in the basement. I guess you could say that was a perfect setting.

I was enthralled in the story and I remember a night scene in which pebbles were tossed at a window, where a woman lived (I assumed it was her home) by some unknown person, just tossing them to get her attention, one at a time. Finally getting her attention, she stood in the window and by the time the audience figured something was about to happen, she was fatally shot to death!! I was horrified. This T.V. thriller seemed to have a pace that was a little sleepy in it's delivery of the story and the action of the characters in some parts, but that was probably just the 'm.o.' of it.

Now it's been over 30 years and I would really enjoy seeing this again from beginning to end, but I wouldn't know where to look for it on the dial. I don't know if it is on tape or disk either. Some of the classic stuff doesn't always get market shelved to the public, like it should.

Anyway if you are an Andy Griffith fan, I should think you would like him in this and be intrigued by this story too. I rate it an 8. (***)

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