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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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11 May 1979 (USA)  »

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Traficantes de poder  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, Taylor was so overweight at the time that he had to use a special lens to make her look thin on screen. He talks about it in the movie's companion "making of" documentary Who Killed Winter Kills. 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 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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