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Winter Kills -- Jeff Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the son of world- famous tycoon Pa Kegan (John Huston) and half-brother of the late President Timothy Kegan who was slain by a lone assassin 19 years earlier.
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Richard Condon (book)
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Release Date:
11 May 1979 (USA) See more »
They are the power. Protected by violence and ruled by corruption. [Video] See more »
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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  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
97 min | Netherlands:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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 »
Z.K. Dawson:You think before you speak, young man! Jesus, they didn't teach you kids nothin' since 1944.See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
have you heard of this movie? you too? me neither..., 14 June 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Until recently that was. If you're a Jeff Bridges fan and look over his previous body of work on IMDb or netflix, you're soon to come across what looks like a small paranoid assassination/conspiracy thriller from the late 1970s- penned by Manchurian Candidate himself Richard Condon- Winter Kills. And then you'll realize until now you've never heard of the movie, unless you were around for the two weekends it was in release in 1979 or heard the minor blurbs how the picture went through ridiculous difficulty getting made. While one shouldn't group the making of the movie too closely with the final product itself, it's almost as crazy a story as in the film itself (one involving the mob, pornographers, marijuana money, and a re-shoot budgeted by *another* movie shot by the same director in-between in Germany).

So, as a humble 'who-is-this-guy' movie-buff on this site, I humbly recommend this movie incredibly so. It's a mighty sleeper, a comedy with the intent so black that it's hard to see where the drama stops and the laughs begin. At times it's also weirdly over-the-top (an orgasm at one point is the loudest one has ever seen in a non-porn, and for no real reason except to have it in there, or as part of an "act" perhaps), and with a cast that is irreproachable. Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Sterling Hayden, Eli Wallach, Toshiro Mifune, Elizabeth Taylor - and most of these actors are barely in one scene! Yet everybody leaves there mark so indelibly that one grins from ear to ear suddenly recognizing them (Hayden in particular is a hoot as he practically is like Jack D. Ripper as an old man with a huge beard and a private fleet of tanks)(Huston, too, chews up the scenes he's in without even trying).

The plot... geez, I can't really say for certain. Let's just call a spade a spade and say it's a spoof on the Kennedy conspiracy (if there was one), and the power and influence of family and politics and the mob. It's a murder mystery, but it almost becomes moot who was the real killer as by the time its uncovered it's simply more fun seeing how one gets from point A to point B. Though Condon might have had a stronger plot for 'Candidate', and first time director Bill Reichert stumbles in a couple of spots in getting the comedy and suspense mixing just right, it's still amazing entertainment more often than not, and it's one of those nifty, strange treasures to be dug out from the video store or queued on a whim on netflix.

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