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Release Date:
11 May 1979 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An assassinated president's younger brother tumbles into an Alice in Wonderland world as he searches for the real killer. See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... Nick Kegan

John Huston ... Pa Kegan

Anthony Perkins ... John Cerruti

Eli Wallach ... Joe Diamond

Sterling Hayden ... Z.K. Dawson

Dorothy Malone ... Emma Kegan

Tomas Milian ... Frank Mayo

Belinda Bauer ... Yvette Malone

Ralph Meeker ... Gameboy Baker

Toshirô Mifune ... Keith

Richard Boone ... Keifitz

David Spielberg ... Miles Garner

Brad Dexter ... Captain Heller One
Michael Thoma ... Ray Doty
Ed Madsen ... Captain Heller Two
Irving Selbst ... Irving Mentor
Chris Soldo ... Jeffreys
Robert Courtleigh ... First Mate of T.K. (as Robert Courleigh)
Peter Brandon ... Doctor
Joe Spinell ... Arthur Fletcher
Ira S. Rosenstein ... Orderly on T.K. (as Ira Rosenstein)
Kyle Morris ... John Kullers
Phil Lito ... Police Driver
Barbara Richert ... Woman Cyclist
Jake Strider Hughes ... Child on Cycle (as Jake Hughes)
Patrice Bough ... Secretary One
Eloise Hardt ... Secretary Two
Gladys Hill ... Rosemary
Kim O'Brien ... First Blonde Girl
Candice Rialson ... Second Blonde Girl
Bill P. Wilson ... Admiral

Loyd Catlett ... Z.K. Dawson Guard
Michael Bond ... Flight Engineer
Helen Fagan ... Stewardess (as Helene Fagan)
Peter Kilman ... Pilot

Gianni Russo ... Co-Pilot
Peter Koshel ... Cop-Casino Latino
Lisette Álvarez ... Cuban Singer (as Lissette)

Robert F. Boyle ... Desk Clerk (as Robert Boyle)
Sidney Lanier ... Raymond-The Butler
Helen Curry ... Black Maid
Derrick Lynn-Thomas ... Maitre d'
Jesse Veliz ... Cuban Man in Havana
Robert Wolcott ... Shoeshine Boy

Robert Moresco ... Intern
Agneta Eckemyr ... Nurse One

Tisa Farrow ... Nurse Two
Billie Allen ... Receptionist

Joseph Ragno ... Doorman (as Joe Ragno)
Loutz Gage ... Butler

Camilla Sparv ... Beautiful Woman One
Andrea Claudio ... Beautiful Woman Two

Erin Gray ... Beautiful Woman Three
Susan Walden ... Beautiful Woman Four
Rebecca Grimes ... Beautiful Woman Five
Jennifer Keith ... Beautiful Woman Six
Amanda Jones ... Beautiful Woman Seven
Berry Berenson ... Morgue Attendant
Tim Culbertson ... Security Guard
Regis Mull ... Cop with Keifetz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Kelly ... Gambler at the Casino (uncredited)
Byron Morrow ... Secretary of State (uncredited)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Lola Comante (uncredited)
John Warner ... President Tim Kegan (uncredited)

Directed by
William Richert 
Writing credits
Richard Condon (book)

William Richert (written for the screen)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... producer (as Fred Caruso)
Leonard J. Goldberg .... executive producer
John H. Starke .... associate producer (as John Starke)
Robert Sterling .... executive producer
Daniel H. Blatt .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Casting by
Ross Brown 
Hank McCann 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Art Direction by
Norman Newberry 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker  (as Arthur Seph Parker)
Costume Design by
Robert De Mora 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
Production Management
Ira Loonstein .... production manager
Bill Venegas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Arnet .... second unit director
Peter R. Scoppa .... first assistant director (as Pete Scoppa)
Bill Scott .... second assistant director (as William P. Scott)
Chris Soldo .... assistant director
Jim Danforth .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
Joseph Hurley .... production illustrator
Clay Johnston .... construction foreman (as Clay Johnson)
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator (as Bill Maldonado)
Harold Michelson .... production illustrator
Ted Mossman .... assistant property master
Thomas Saccio .... property coordinator (as Tom Saccio)
Ray Villalobos Sr. .... painter foreman (as Ray Villalobos)
S. Bruce Wineinger .... propmaker foreman (as Bruce Wineinger)
Sound Department
Norval D. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (as Norval Crutcher)
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bud Grenzbach)
Morley Harris .... boom operator
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects foreman
Augie Lohman .... special effects
Richard Ratliff .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... effects consultant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailey .... additional photographer
John Bailey .... camera operator
Arthur J. Boyle .... best boy
Michael Genne .... first assistant camera (as Mike Genne)
Wilson S. Hong .... photographer: title (as Wilson Hong)
John C. Kirk .... electrician
Rick Martens .... gaffer (as Rick Martin)
Danny Marzolo .... best boy (as Dan Marzolo)
Robert Moore .... key grip (as Bob Moore)
Fred Muncey .... electrician (as Fred R. Muncey)
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Johnny Walker .... second assistant camera
Brian Hamill .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty DeStefano .... wardrobe assistant (as Betty De Stefano)
Mina Mittelman .... costumer (as Mina Mittelman Short)
Vicki Sánchez .... costumer
Don Vargas .... costumer (as Donald Vargas)
Editorial Department
Suzanne Fenn .... assistant editor
José Antonio Torres .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Garry Ulmer .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gene Clinesmith .... transportation captain
Arthur F. 'Mickey' McAteer .... transportation captain (as Mickey McAteer)
Other crew
Daniel H. Blatt .... presenter
Selma Brown .... auditor
Mark Hurwitz .... location manager
Shari Leibowitz .... production secretary
Cathy Nonas .... assistant: Mr. Richert
Don Record .... title designer
Robert Rooney .... publicist
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor (as Hannah G. Scheel)
Ron Weber .... craft service

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97 min | Netherlands:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated

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The only ever film appearance (and uncredited) of John Warner. Warner was married to actress Elizabeth Taylor (who also appears in the film) at the time the movie was made. Warner was a government official who had served as Under secretary and then Secretary of the U.S. Navy during the Nixon Administration, 1972-1974, before he was appointed in 1974 to head up the federal government's American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. As such, his casting in this film provided a real life political nexus to the real life American politics that the film referenced.See more »
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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An assassinated president's younger brother tumbles into an Alice in Wonderland world as he searches for the real killer., 14 June 2006
Author: MaratSade from Cornwall

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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