Winter Kills (1979)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed U.S. President Timothy Kegan (John Warner) in 1960, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nineteen years later a dying man confesses to be the real shooter hired to kill him. Kegan's brother and filthy rich father investigate.




  • Jeff Bridges and Dorothy Malone in Winter Kills (1979)
  • Jeff Bridges and Belinda Bauer in Winter Kills (1979)
  • Jeff Bridges and William Richert in Winter Kills (1979)
  • Belinda Bauer in Winter Kills (1979)
  • Eli Wallach in Winter Kills (1979)
  • Jeff Bridges and Belinda Bauer in Winter Kills (1979)

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4 January 2001 | aribass
| An odd but always interesting, very dark comedy.
Winter Kills is an enormously intriguing film, whose entertainment quotient depends largely upon how early on the viewer catches on that this is an extremely black comedy about politics, paranoia, and the sacred cow Kennedy family. This is what you would get if Irwin Allen produced a really wry comic version of The Parallax View -- no longer a hackneyed political thriller like its source material, William Richert has transformed it into social satire with an all-star cast. His touch was so gentle with regard to the satirical elements, that few critics recognized the film as any kind of comedy upon its initial theatrical release. Winter Kills is not a cinema classic -- ie, its not The Manchurian Candidate -- but it is an engaging, ahead-of-its-time film featuring an unforgettable performance by John Huston as the Joe Kennedy type. (The most unforgettable part -- or is it the bit hardest to get out of one's mind? -- is the sight of Mr. Huston in red jockey shorts!) Highly recommended to all fans of 1970s cinema, and especially political paranoia movies like The Parallax View, The Conversation and Capricorn One. Next time you're thinking about popping some drivel like Enemy Of The State in the old VCR, I beg you, reconsider and treat yourself to a little festival of this film and Parallax View or even Three Days Of The Condor.

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