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Nightkill (1980)

A woman's lover poisons her cruel husband, a rich businessman, in front of her. She becomes more terrified when she finds the lover dead as well. A police detective suddenly shows up at her door.


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Joane Gil (screenplay) (as Joane Andre), John Case (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Katherine Atwell
Robert Mitchum ... Donner / Rodriguez
Mike Connors ... Wendell Atwell
James Franciscus ... Steve Fulton
Fritz Weaver ... Herbert Childs
Sybil Danning ... Monika Childs
Tina Menard ... Consuela
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ... Alice
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ... Christine
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Lt. Donner
Ramona Bair Ramona Bair ... Social Worker
Nimmy Abiaka Nimmy Abiaka ... Pregnant Teenager
Helen Harding Helen Harding ... Valda
Burke Rhind Burke Rhind ... McCarthy
James Rehfeld James Rehfeld ... Airline Clerk #1


The wife of a wealthy industrialist finds herself caught-up in a web of intrigue & murder which was created by her own deceit. When she tries to escape the results of her actions, she too falls victim to deception. Written by Anonymous

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Nightkill: Meh thriller
23 October 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Nightkill is a thriller starring the late great industry veteran Robert Mitchum, but it certainly isn't among his best work.

It tells the story of a woman who witnesses her new lover murder her abusive husband and the chain of events that follow. With her lover now missing and the police closing in what does she do next?

Lead by Jaclyn Smith this thriller never really gets going and the twist was more than expected. Though the finale is less predictible and quite enjoyable the rest of the movie is highly generic stuff.

It's certainly not terrible, but it's underwhelming stuff that you'll have seen plenty of times before. Even Mitchum seems bored.

The Good:

Robert Mitchum

The Bad:

Highly generic

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

White wine is for meatballs and cooking

In the 1980's no money was required to get yourself a plane seat reserved

Police officers use racial slurs casually

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Release Date:

22 January 1982 (Sweden) See more »

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Asesinato en la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Cine Artist Film GmbH See more »
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1.85 : 1
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