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Winter Kills (1979)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 11 May 1979 (USA)
The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed the US President in 1960, in Philadelphia, but 19 years later a dying man confesses to be one of the real hit-men who killed President Kegan, sparking an investigation.

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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
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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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Joe Kegan owns so much of America, he figures the flag should salute him every morning. Some people say he stole the presidency of the United States for his son. He claims he bought it, fair and square... See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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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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As reported in the 11th March 1985 edition of the London "Times", this picture's production and release was allegedly marred by the Kennedy Family, the assassination of John F. Kennedy being the film's reference. 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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Z.K. Dawson: You think before you speak, young man! Jesus, they didn't teach you kids nothin' since 1944.
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Featured in Who Killed 'Winter Kills'? (2003) See more »

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An assassinated president's younger brother tumbles into an Alice in Wonderland world as he searches for the real killer.
14 June 2006 | by (Cornwall) – See all my reviews

Winter Kills is a wild, breakneck ride, impossible not to enjoy if you can muster up a two hour attention. Dullards who like to browse or half-watch will be quickly mystified and thus bored, but this film rewards those who make the investment. An excellent, creepy movie--funny and insightful, particularly relevant in these strange and disturbing days. John Huston gives a great over-the-top performance that seems more like a cartoon version of himself than the Joe Kennedy caricature he is meant to be. Tony Perkins is the embodiment of everyone's paranoid suspicions about who really runs things. Karl Rove must have sat spellbound in the theater as a young homunculus, taking notes as he ate his popcorn. Bizarre cameos and way inside references provide the icing on the cake.


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