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Winter Kills

  R Closed Captioning

William Richert

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About the Movie

Jeff Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the son of world famous tycoon Pa Kegan (John Huston) and half brother of the late President Timothy Kegan who was slain by a lone assassin 19 years earlier. But when a long rumored second gunman makes a secret deathbed confession, Nick begins to unravel a trail of suspects that includes a billionaire war freak (Sterling Hayden), a murderous mob boss (Ralph Meeker), a shady nightclub owner (Eli Wallach), a Cuban kingpin (Tomas Milian), an eccentric computer expert (Anthony Perkins) and a mysterious Washington madam (Elizabeth Taylor). Belinda Bauer, Toshiro Mifune, Dorothy Malone and Richard Boone co-star in this one-of-a-kind dark comedy thriller from acclaimed writer/director William Richert. Based on the best selling novel by Richard Condon (Prizzi's Honor and The Manchurian Candidate).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Winter Kills" isn't exactly a comedy, but it's funny. And it isn't exactly serious, but it takes on the serious business of the Kennedy assassination. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jan 29, 2010

Fresh: The film is funny, but it's frightening and vertiginous, too -- a complex tone that apparently left audiences baffled. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An excellent conspiracy thriller of unusual blackness and wit. – Time Out, Jan 29, 2010

Fresh: A wonderfully intricate and intelligent thriller. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

DON'T BUY; scenes cut!

Great movie, but couldn't help feeling that something was missing. A little research shows at least 10 minutes have been cut, with no indication. What gives, Apple?

A Real “Killer” B Movie (one of 237!)

WINTER KILLS: “Who to trust,” clucks the sinister Cerutti (Perkins). “Who to trust?” Certainly nobody in this menagerie, which is filled with red herrings, sleazy weasels, sitting ducks, snakes-in-the-grass, cat-and-mouse games and dog-eat-dog deals and deceptions—not to mention a one-to-one correspondence with the major players in the JFK assassination (according to some theories). (If this were a book, it would be a roman à clef.)

Huston is a hoot as the ubiquitous, mega-rich megalomaniac, an amoral, foul-mouthed leering old lech, and the solution to the conspiracy is a Hitchcockian shocker. But is it really an incestuous web of treachery? Or is it just good business?

Rent this one for: the “Dead Hams Society”: Huston, Boone and Hayden, each energetically attempting to chew more scenery than any of the others (Huston wins); for the sheer moxie of turning the JFK assassination into a Marx Bros. farce: One of the blackest moments in American history turned into one of the blackest comedies on film—the JFK assassination on psychedelics.

Winter Kills
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  • $11.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1979

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