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Winter Kills (1979)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 11 May 1979 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Kegan
Pa Kegan
John Cerruti
Joe Diamond
Z.K. Dawson
Emma Kegan
Frank Mayo
Yvette Malone
Gameboy Baker
Miles Garner
Captain Heller One
Michael Thoma ...
Ray Doty
Ed Madsen ...
Captain Heller Two


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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What Dr. Strangelove did for the bomb, what M*A*S*H did for the war, WINTER KILLS does for the American dream. See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traficantes de poder  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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This movie was re-released in 1983 by its director William Richert's own company, four years after its initial release, with its deleted scenes returned, having been cut by the previous company. See more »


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 »


Pa Kegan: I got sixty million bucks riding on that ship, kiddo, and you leave her like a Friday-night hooker.
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A Unique Paranoia Black Comedy!
22 November 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Winter Kill's from the novel by The Manchurian Candidate/ Prizzi's Honor Author Robert Condon, Jeff Bridge's play the brother of an assassinated President (This film has star tingly real comparisons of the Kennedy dynasty,) Bridge's seemingly lives in a sheltered existence but is brought out in the open when a dying man claiming to be the rifleman responsible for his brother's murder reveal's in the throes of death where the rifle is, Bridges is sent on a genuinely weird wild goose chase to find out who was responsible for his brother's death, but his perilous search lead's him to not one but many red herring's and in to the path of danger, by the mafia, The legendary John Huston, play's Pa Keegan the gruff patriarch of the Keegan family and also uncouth millionaire, it's one of those roles which Houston alway's makes endlessly memorable, 'Winter Kill's' Also features cameo's by many actor's/Actress's from the golden age, particularly, Anthony Perkin's Toshiro Mifune, Eli Wallach, Dorothy Perkin's 'Winter Kill's Thrill's

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