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Winter Kills Details


Based on a novel by the iconoclastic Richard Condon (of Manchurian Candidate and Prizzi's Honor fame), Winter Kills was one of the vanguard efforts in the "JFK conspiracy" school of literature. Jeff Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the scion of a powerful Kennedyesque family, who has done his best to make himself obscure after the assassination of his older brother, the former president of the U.S. While working as an oil rigger, Nick is introduced to a terminally ill gentleman who claims to have been "the second assassin." His curiosity aroused, Nick begins digging into what was supposed to be a closed case -- and, predictably, what he finds out isn't pretty. This, however, is the only predictable element of this mesmerizingly mazelike yarn. A failure when first released, Winter Kills fared somewhat better when director William Richert arranged to rerelease the film through his own company and restore several scenes that had been cut by its previous backers. Elizabeth Taylor appears uncredited as one "Lola Comante." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 11, 1979


Jeff Bridges
as Nick Kegan
John Huston
as Pa Kegan
Anthony Perkins
as John Ceruti
Sterling Hayden
as Z.K. Dawson
Eli Wallach
as Joe Diamond
Dorothy Malone
as Emma Kegan
Richard Boone
as Keifitz
Belinda Bauer
as Yvette Malone
Ralph Meeker
as Gameboy Baker
Toshiro Mifune
as Keith
Elizabeth Taylor
as Lola Comante (uncredited)
Joe Spinell
as Arthur Fletcher
Tomas Milian
as Frank Mayo
Gladys Hill
as Rosemary
Joe Ragno
as Doorman
Loutz Gage
as Butler
Peter Brandon
as Doctor
Tim Culbertson
as Security Guard
Erin Gray
as Beautiful Woman Three
Rebecca Grimes
as Beautiful Woman Four
Loyd Catlett
as Z.K. Dawson Guard
Peter Kilman
as Pilot
Donald Moffat
as Captain
Gianni Russo
as Co-Pilot
Berry Berenson
as Morgue Attendant
Brad Dexter
as Capt. Heller One
Agneta Eckemyr
as Nurse One
Chris Soldo
as Jeffreys
Camilla Sparv
as Beautiful Woman One
Irving Selbst
as Irving Mentor
Billie Allen
as Receptionist
Susan Walden
as Beautiful Woman Three
Tisa Farrow
as Nurse Two
Eloise Hardt
as Secretary Two
David Spielberg
as Miles Garner
Candice Rialson
as 2nd Blonde Girl
Michael Bond
as Flight Engineer


William Richert
William Richert
Vilmos Zsigmond
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
David Bretherton
Norman Newberry
Art Director
John H. Starke
Associate Producer
Robert Sterling
Executive Producer
Augie Lohman
Special Effects
Del Acevedo