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6 February 1987 (USA) See more »
A fledgling actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, soon discovering she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
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?

Cameo: [Malcolm McDowell]The celebrity whose photograph Dr. Lewis is "autographing" to add to his display. At the time of filming McDowell was married to star Mary Steenburgen.See more »
Telephone Operator:There is no 311 area code.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rear Window (1954)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Solid Little Thriller, 11 May 2011
Author: BloodTheTelepathicDog from north dakota

DEAD OF WINTER is a fine 1980s thriller with a solid, small cast. The plot centers on a naive actress, played well by Mary Steenburgen, who accepts a job on a rather hush-hush production. She is told that she is to replace a troubled actress who walked off set, however, she never quite makes the set. Instead, she is taken to an isolated mansion where eccentric millionaire Jan Rubes claims to be the film's producer. Mary does everything Rubes and his assistant, Roddy McDowell, ask of her because she views this as her big break.

But things aren't what they seem in the mansion. With a blizzard raging outside, Steenburegn is essentially trapped indoors with two men she hardly knows who may or may not be working on a movie. Mary makes a few shocking discoveries while she wastes time in the mansion, locating photographs of a dead woman that Rubes claims to be the actress she is to replace. Mary and the deceased actress bare a striking resemblance and as time rolls along, she feels that their machinations are devious and that her life is in danger.

STORY: $$$ (The story doesn't really offer anything new. There are a few moments when you'll ask why Mary's character does the things that she does, but all in all the script isn't too bad. The screenplay builds enough terror and offers jolts in the right places. Also, from the beginning of the film, we know Mary Steenburgen's character is desperate so her going along with the game seems justifiable).

ACTING: $$$$ (Mary Steenburgen essentially plays three roles in this film: the main character, the murdered actress and the murdered actress' sister. She does a fine job in all three roles and effectively turns off the naive aspiring actress role when she has to play the calculating sister of the dead thespian. Roddy McDowell is a treat as always in his role as Jan Rubes' sidekick and Rubes, confound to a wheelchair, is exceptional is his role of eccentric man of means. When he chases Mary up the stairs, walking for the first time in years, he'll give you the willies).


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