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6 February 1987 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mary Steenburgen ... Julie Rose / Katie McGovern / Evelyn

Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Murray

Jan Rubes ... Dr. Joseph Lewis

William Russ ... Rob Sweeney

Ken Pogue ... Officer Mullavy

Wayne Robson ... Officer Huntley
Mark Malone ... Roland McGovern

Michael Copeman ... Highway Patrolman
Sam Malkin ... Gas Jock
Pamela Moller ... Woman at Audition
Dwayne McLean ... Killer
Paul Welsh ... New Year's Eve Reveler

Directed by
Arthur Penn 
Writing credits
Marc Shmuger (written by) &
Mark Malone (written by)

Anthony Gilbert  novel "The Woman in Red" (uncredited)

Produced by
John Bloomgarden .... producer
Michael MacDonald .... associate producer
Marc Shmuger .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Einhorn 
Cinematography by
Jan Weincke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rick Shaine 
Casting by
Maria Armstrong 
Ross Clydesdale 
Production Design by
Bill Brodie 
Art Direction by
Alicia Keywan 
Set Decoration by
Mark S. Freeborn 
Costume Design by
Arthur Rowsell 
Makeup Department
Donna Bis .... hair designer
Donna Bis .... wigs
Ann Brodie .... makeup designer
Production Management
Michael MacDonald .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael MacDonald .... second unit director
Tony Thatcher .... first assistant director
David Till .... second assistant director
David Vaughan .... third assistant director (as David Vaughn)
Art Department
Guenter Bartlik .... construction coordinator
Daniel R. Bradette .... property master
J. Tracy Budd .... property master
Paul Harding .... assistant set decorator
Paul Harding .... set dresser
Bill Harman .... construction supervisor
Alex Russell .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Carwardine .... production sound (as D. Bruce Carwardine)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording engineer
Glen Gauthier .... production sound
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Hal Levinsohn .... sound editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor
Jay Rabinowitz .... apprentice sound editor
Glen Gauthier .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil N. Trifunovich)
Rick Forsayeth .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
Leslie Munro .... stunts (as Leslie Munroe)
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts (as Anton Tyukodi)
Denise Lute .... stunt double: Mary Steenburgen (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Crone .... photographer: second unit
Robert Crone .... photographer: second unit (as Bob Crone)
Steve Ferrier .... best boy
Gail Harvey .... still photographer
Michael Kohne .... key grip
Thom Ryan .... first assistant camera
Neil Seale .... photographer: second unit
Newton Thomas Sigel .... photographer: second unit (as Tom Sigel)
Audrey Smith .... second assistant camera
Rae Thurston .... chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Jann Stefoff .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debi Weldon .... wardrobe mistress (as Deborah Weldon)
Editorial Department
Lori Kornspun .... first assistant editor
Mark Livolsi .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Marc Dassas .... location manager
Adam J. Shully .... location manager
Music Department
Larry Hochman .... orchestrator
Norman Hollyn .... music editor
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Daniel Bernheim .... production associate
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator (as Shelley Boylen)
David Chilewich .... project consultant (as M. David Chilewich)
Susanna David .... script supervisor
Nick Dudman .... prosthetics and mannequin design
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Barbara Glazer .... production associate
Lori Greenberg .... production coordinator
Lacia Kornylo .... production auditor (as Lacia J. Kornylo)
John C. Kruize .... assistant accountant
Susan Lindell .... production assistant
Denise Lute .... double: Ms. Steenburgen
Veronica Miller .... assistant auditor
Veronica Miller .... first assistant accountant
Chip Phillips .... production associate
Geoffrey Smither .... production associate
Bill Snyder .... accountant
Douglas Till .... production assistant
Sabra Van Dolsen .... production associate
Deborah Zwicker .... production coordinator

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100 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1988) (video rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:15 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #28398) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

This movie upon which this film's based; My Name Is Julia Ross (1945), starred Nina Foch.See more »
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Movie Connections:
References "All My Children" (1970)See more »


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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly old-fashioned thriller, 30 March 2003
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Even for 1987, "Dead Of Winter" still comes across as surprisingly old-fashioned. In fact, it reminded me a lot of those early 1970s made-for-TV movie thrillers. Those who enjoy such movies will find this seeming tribute nicely nostalgic.

However, unlike those made-for-TV movies of that era, DOW does not run a lean 75 minutes or so. It runs 100 minutes, and in this case less definitely would have been more - the movie clearly could have been tightened somewhat. However, there are hints that the rough unedited cut possibly had the answers to some glaring holes in the plot (like: Why does our heroine go outside at one point to hike for a long distance WITHOUT PUTTING ON A COAT?) There are also a few other instances where she could have saved herself from her predicament had she just used some common sense.

By the way, if anyone knows why this movie was rated "R", I'd appreciate hearing the explanation. Everything in the movie - even the blood and language - is pretty tastefully presented, and doesn't seem to deserve even a PG-13 rating.

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