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  • Format: Color, Director’s Cut, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R Restricted
  • Studio: WILLIAMRICHERT.COM/The Invisible Studio
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
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Cast

Jeff Bridges
Nick Keagan

Belinda Bauer
Yvette Malone

Pa Keagan
John Houston

John Cerruti
Anthony Perkins

Elizabeth Taylor
Lola Comante

Reviews

Twisted and very enjoyable.

★★★★★
5 5 1
Very interesting movie; Houston is more diabolical than in Chinatown. Many twists and turns, fast paced and great ending! For fans of Death Valley, great scenes from that area.

A surreal, over-the-top look at American politics & power

★★★★★
5 5 1
Winter Kills once was available on videotape; no longer. That's a pity because it's a stylish, fun-packed phantasmagoria about American power as expressed through American politics. (Since the source material was written by Richard Condon -- of Manchurian Candidate and Prizzi's Honor fame -- the points are not subtle; merely irresistible.) Based loosely on the Kennedy saga (as what isn't these days: look at Dominick Dunne's oeuvre), the film casts Jeff Bridges, at his most young and vital, as the baby brother of a slain president. Trying to track down clues to the assassination, he embarks on one of those labyrinthine quests undertaken by the likes of the poisoned protagonist in D.O.A. or Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly. Of course, the clues boomerang back, leading him into the viperish nest of his own family, especially his father, a randy old psycho played to the hilt by John Huston. But even this filthy rich patriarch doesn't work the strings anymore; they've gone corporate, become systemic, and are pulled by a bland bureaucrat played by Anthony Perkins. This movie is a mad midway ride, overflowing with cameos that pop up like death's-heads in the funhouse. Watch for Liz Taylor, as a fabled madame, silently mouthing a profanity.

Very underrated

★★★★☆
4 5 1
"Winter Kills" is based on a novel by Richard Condon ("The Manchurian Candidate") about a man who confesses to having killed the President on his death bed. The President's brother (Jeff Bridges) witnesses the confession and stumbles upon a conspiracy plot involving more murder and silencing. This movie somehow slipped under the radar years ago. Whereas "Manchurian Candidate" got the attention it rightfully deserved, "Winter Kills" was killed by its controversy and production faults. It was allegedly filmed in 1975 and only released in 1979, although I can't find any evidence to back this up. What I do know is that it was given an X rating in the UK, and when a movie in the UK gets an X rating, you know something's wrong. I'm not sure why it received such a harsh rating but evidently that had something to do with its box office failure. I suppose its themes (clear allusion to the JFK assassination) were too heavy - not to mention the violence was rather explicit. Seen today, this movie is an underrated gem. John Huston delivers a great performance as Bridges' father, while Bridges is equally great. The music in the film is eerie and tense - without it, I doubt the film would be quite as good as it is. It was directed by William Richert (who played the gay Bob Pigeon in "My Own Private Idaho") and he does a fine job. The movie builds its suspense well; the only segment I didn't like too much was when Bridges goes to visit his father for the first time. I felt it went on too long and was out of place. Other than that, this is a very good film and a sadly underrated conspiracy theory movie that never got its chance to make a mark.

Good Movie and Good Documentary

★★★★★
5 5 1
This was a really good movie. It was just loaded with old screen legends from the past in classic roles. Jeff Bridges is perfect as the role of the brother of the slain president of the United States. John Huston is excellent as Pa, his rich and powerful father. Sterling Hayden is also excellent. This movie is full of wild speculation and crazy, paranoid and zany characters. The documentary about the making of the movie was just as compelling as the origional film. The things that they went thru to make it and getting it made were just the things that you would normally see on film. Gangsters, threats, porn producers, drugs, alcoholism and big money in paper bags were just some of the many things that went into the making of this movie.

Lost Masterpiece

★★★★★
5 5 1
In this "Special Edition" DVD you see just how hard and how dedicated all involved were to making trhis movie. A film I consider far ahead of its time and in the same vein to close to the JFK death for most to watrch comfortably. All involved are superior and the writing is cutting edge even by todays standards.

Another top notch Anchor Bay product!!! This 2-DVD "Winter Kills" set is awesome!!!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Great job again Anchor Bay!!! This rare classic gets the deluxe treatment it deserves with this 2-DVD set!!! Disc 1 has a great anamorphic widescreen tranfser of the film as well as a Audio Commentary from the director!!! Disc 2 has the extra goodies!!! A seventies cult classic with an all star cast!!! Two thumbs up!!! Five stars!!! A+
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Winter Kills DVD Director's Cut
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