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Who Killed 'Winter Kills'? (2003)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Rhyl Donnelly

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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 »

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Who Killed 'Winter Kills'? was a fine behind-the-scenes look back from the film's principal players
9 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Just watched this short documentary of the making of Winter Kills that was an extra on the second disc of the movie in question on the 2-DVD set from Anchor Bay. The title refers to the various ways Winter Kills had to stop production because of the debts that were accumulating while filming was going on especially since one of the exec producers was killed because of that and another of them was arrested for his marijuana possession. Fine anecdotes from players Jeff Bridges and Belinda Bauer, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, production designer Robert Boyle, and especially, writer/director William Richert. Great stories about John Huston, Richard Boone, Anthony Perkins, and Elizabeth Taylor abounded whenever any of the above people discussed them. While I myself wasn't too crazy about the movie because of the many convoluted sequences, I still marveled at the way things were put together as recounted here by these surviving players and admired how they kept going on the picture even though money was always running out...


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