The troubled production of Winter Kills (1979) is covered here in this documentary with interviews with a few cast and crew members. The film was shut down 3 times, and to save the production they had to make The American Success Company (1980) to get themselves out of debt. They also talk about the first time director and the "old crew" that was used. Written by
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The title of this documentary comes from an article. Richard Condon, the author of the novel that the movie was based on, wrote an article for Harper's Magazine titled "Who Killed Winter Kills?" in which he claimed that the film's distributor AVCO Embassy Pictures had major defense contracts that the Kennedys were involved with. Since Ted Kennedy was about to run for president in 1980 and the film Winter KIlls could become a distraction, Condon implied that the Kennedy's pressured the AVCO Embassy into abruptly pulling the film from theaters. Officially, AVCO Embassy pulled the movie due to the extremely negative reactions from the audience. See more