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Winter Kills (1979)

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The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed US President Kegan in 1960, in Philadelphia. 19 years later a dying man confesses to be the real shooter hired to kill him. Kegan's brother and filthy rich father investigate.

Director:

William Richert

Writers:

Richard Condon (book), William Richert (written for the screen)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ed Madsen ... Captain Heller Two
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Storyline

19 years after President Timothy Keegan was assassinated, his brother Nick discovers a dying man claiming to have been the gunman. While trying to avoid his wealthy and domineering father's attempts to control his actions, Nick follows the clues that have been handed to him. As he progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the real trails from the dead ends, and increasing dangerous as unknown parties try to stop Nick from uncovering the truth. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Kegans are an American dynasty. They own oil...banks...beautiful women...even presidents. They have the power to make fortunes and destroy careers. One man will inherit it all. If he lives. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Traficantes de poder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,083,799
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Debut dramatic theatrical feature film directed by writer-director William Richert. See more »

Goofs

When Yvette refuses Nick's marriage proposal, she puts her right hand on his face. When the angle changes she suddenly has both hands on his face. See more »

Quotes

Z.K. Dawson: You're brother was a miserable cold-assed son of a bitch, and not a good friend of mine as I guess is well known to you.
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Alternate Versions

Reissued in 1983 with deleted scenes restored. See more »

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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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One of the strangest productions in film history
2 July 2005 | by wsherrettSee all my reviews

Condon wrote a magazine article about this movie production around 1980 that makes it ten times as strange as the story itself. Among other details:

The movie was financed with money from cocaine dealers.

When the production went over budget, the executive producer brought in additional "financiers", then was able to keep the crews working for two weeks - in New York - with no pay. Jeff Bridges and Tony Perkins both offered their salaries as collateral.

After the film was finished, the studio was purchased by a bigger studio which then ultimately declined to release it. At one point, at a test preview at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, passers by were being offered $1 to watch the movie.

A few months later, the executive producer was found in a New York hotel room, handcuffed to a bed, with two bullets in his head.


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