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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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Michael Thoma ...
Ray Doty
Ed Madsen ...
Captain Heller Two
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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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The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty. 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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$1,083,799 (USA)
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Debut theatrical feature film of director William Richert. 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 »

Quotes

Nick Kegan: I think I'm going to leave.
Yvette Malone: If you want to. I have a friend coming over if you'd like to meet her.
Nick Kegan: Friend? Who?
Yvette Malone: Patty! She's from the magazine. You'd dig her.
Nick Kegan: Dig her? What does that mean?
Yvette Malone: Whatever you want it to mean. God, you're just like the others!
Nick Kegan: Others. How many are there?
Yvette Malone: Fewer and fewer.
Nick Kegan: Oh, i get it. You're into women.
Yvette Malone: I am a woman.
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Featured in Who Killed 'Winter Kills'? (2003) See more »

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Very dry and very, very funny
3 July 2005 | by (Cornwall, England) – See all my reviews

Nineteen years after JFK was killed (by whom?) and five years after Watergate, this one puts the whole conspiracy theory industry in its place. One of the funniest films I have seen for a very long time - anyone who still thinks that Americans don't do irony (always a stupid claim but one which is made time and again) should see this. But it's bone-dry and very subtle, and I can understand how many people were puzzled and bemused by this when it was first released and that it did not do well commercially. Performances are universally excellent, tho' Jeff Bridge as the starry-eyed son trying to discover who killed his half-brother, the US president, and John Hustion as the paterfamilias and caricature mega capitalist are treat. The plot is nonsensical, but then that is the whole point of a film which sends up conspiracy films something rotten and then some. Buy the video, because this really does bear watching again and again.


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