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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.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Joan Andre (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 Hardin Helen Hardin ... Valda
Burke Rhind Burke Rhind ... McCarthy
James Rehfeld James Rehfeld ... Airline Clerk #1
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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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She'd DIE for him...he'd KILL for her... See more »


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Trivia

The street address given in the movie of the mountaintop villa home of the Atwells featured throughout the film was "2131 Edgmont Drive". See more »

Quotes

Katherine Atwell: Lieutenant Donner.
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Connections

Referenced in Vintage Video: When Time Ran Out... (1980) (2020) See more »

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Not bad in actual fact
12 January 2005 | by jamiecostelo58See all my reviews

I was surprised at how nail-biting this movie was, not only at the somewhat unusual plot, but by the dark and brooding performance by Robert Mitchum. Nightkill is a reasonable enough thriller with good twists and turns throughout, and an equally strong conclusion.

Jaclyn Smith gives out a not-too-bad performance as Katherine Atwell, but in my eyes I felt as if she was trying a little too hard in some places. Mike Connors though portrays his cold and callous character of Wendel to good effect. You actually despise Wendel! In no doubt, however, it's Mitchum who steals the show; what a twist toward the end! Nice background music too: the score actually tells the story in some parts - very ominous.

In a nutshell, Nightkill is a relatively suspenseful film, but what lets it down is the somewhat inept direction and weak dialogue in certain places. 7/10


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cine Artist Film GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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