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Winter Kills (1979)

The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed US President Kegan in 1960, in Philadelphia. 19 years later a dying man confesses to be the real shooter hired to kill him. Kegan's brother and filthy rich father investigate.

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Nick Kegan
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Pa Kegan
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John Cerruti
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Joe Diamond
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Z.K. Dawson
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Emma Kegan
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Frank Mayo
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Yvette Malone
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Gameboy Baker
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Keith
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Keifitz
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Miles Garner
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Ray Doty
Ed Madsen ...
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19 years after President Timothy Keegan was assassinated, his brother Nick discovers a dying man claiming to have been the gunman. While trying to avoid his wealthy and domineering father's attempts to control his actions, Nick follows the clues that have been handed to him. As he progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the real trails from the dead ends, and increasing dangerous as unknown parties try to stop Nick from uncovering the truth. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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They are the power. Protected by violence and ruled by corruption. [Video] See more »


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11 May 1979 (USA)  »

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Traficantes de poder  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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The character of Joe Diamond (played by Eli Wallach) was a fictional personage of hit-man Jack Ruby. See more »

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When Yvette refuses Nick's marriage proposal, she puts her right hand on his face. When the angle changes she suddenly has both hands on his face. See more »

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Nick Kegan: Why won't you marry me?
Yvette Malone: You hardly know me.
Nick Kegan: We see each other, I talk to you all the time.
Yvette Malone: You talk to my machine.
Nick Kegan: Ah so what, I can tell the difference!
Yvette Malone: That's a beginning.
Nick Kegan: I'm making an honest proposal of marriage!
Yvette Malone: Tell you what. I'll give you a copy of my answering machine tape and you can take it with you.
Nick Kegan: Come on, don't toy with me.
Yvette Malone: I'm serious!
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A surreal, over-the-top look at American politics & power
8 August 2000 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Winter Kills once was available on videotape; no longer. That's a pity because it's a stylish, fun-packed phantasmagoria about American power as expressed through American politics. (Since the source material was written by Richard Condon -- of Manchurian Candidate and Prizzi's Honor fame -- the points are not subtle; merely irresistible.) Based loosely on the Kennedy saga (as what isn't these days: look at Dominick Dunne's oeuvre), the film casts Jeff Bridges, at his most young and vital, as the baby brother of a slain president. Trying to track down clues to the assassination, he embarks on one of those labyrinthine quests undertaken by the likes of the poisoned protagonist in D.O.A. or Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly. Of course, the clues boomerang back, leading him into the viperish nest of his own family, especially his father, a randy old psycho played to the hilt by John Huston. But even this filthy rich patriarch doesn't work the strings anymore; they've gone corporate, become systemic, and are pulled by a bland bureaucrat played by Anthony Perkins. This movie is a mad midway ride, overflowing with cameos that pop up like death's-heads in the funhouse. Watch for Liz Taylor, as a fabled madame, silently mouthing a profanity.


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