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This exhilarating kaleidoscope of a movie, from a surreally layered novel by Richard Condon (The Manchurian Candidate), combines post-Watergate paranoia, gallows humor, political sci-fi, dazzling suspense set pieces, something we might call postmodern historical burlesque, and gonzo performances by a truly all-star cast. It's held together by Jeff Bridges as the surviving scion of a Kennedy-like dynasty who reluctantly sets out to solve his brother's assassination. John Huston's own dynastic credentials and rough-hewn aristocracy make him perfect casting as the family patriarch, a simultaneously genial and appalling American monster. Writer-director William Richert, a virtual unknown, somehow corraled an amazing ensemble, including an unbilled Liz Taylor, North by Northwest production designer Robert Boyle (who also contributes a delicious cameo), composer Maurice Jarre, and the great cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. The widescreen camerawork and zesty primary-color palette demand DVD, which may finally do right by this quintessential '70s film that the '70s just weren't ready for. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
No matter if you see this film as a forgotten masterpiece or cinematic curio, one cannot debate the excellent print, finally shown in widescreen splendor. Anchor Bay has developed a keen program in working with maverick directors. Like their previous efforts with Werner Herzog and Richard Rush, they let William Richert have carte blanche in presenting his film on DVD. Luckily the director is a character, a gleeful showman whether commenting on the film, reminiscing about his high-wattage cast, or reminiscing with actor Jeff Bridges. A new 35-minute documentary pulls most of the pieces together on how the controversial film was created. We see tantalizing snapshots of deleted scenes and hear about "original" scenes, but there is no film, just the original screenplay on DVD-ROM. It would have been nice to hear from some of the film's biggest advocates to help explain the struggle the film had after the release. The effort to make the film is clearly and entertainingly explained--the crooked producers simply ran out of money. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Based on the novel by Richard Condon("Prizzi's Honor"), "Winter Kills" is a somewhat dark comical thriller that seems to parallel the Kennedy Assassination investigation.
The story opens 19 years after the death of President Tim Kegan.The "lone gunman" theory is about to come to an end! A dying man gives his confession to the half brother of the President, Nick Kegan(Jeff Bridges).He was the second gunman hired by some very notorious characters. There's evidence to prove it and Nick decides to go after it.Nick soon finds himself involved deep in a "conspiracy theory" that leads to more deaths and suspects leading to some very surprising twists and turns along the way. Nick doesn't know who he can trust and may now be a target himself.
It's a very enjoyable film for it's neverending unpredictable turns of events that keep you on the edge of your seat. One that is certainly worth pulling out and viewing every so often.Bridges is excellent in the role and the list of Hollywood greats that make appearances as the larger than life and somewhat zaney characters is worth the view alone(even though some may be considered as mere cameos).
John Huston steals the show as the all controlling "Pa Kegan". The list also includes Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden(as a crazy billionaire war freak),Toshiro Mifune, Ralph Meeker,Dorothy Malone, Belinda Bauer, Richard Boone(sorry... no "Pallidan" music),and Elizabeth Taylor, who only has one line, that is mouthed, but what a line it is! Maurice Jarre supplies the wonderful music and William Richert superbly directs.
This 1979 film looks fabulous on this DVD.Read more ›
As surreal as it is plausible, Richert's 1979 movie about a man's search for the truth behind the slaying of his president-brother ranks among the best political thrillers Hollywood ever produced during the conspiracy-happy '70s. As with "The Parallax View," "Executive Action" and other similarly themed films, "Winter Kills" is enthralling entertainment that puts the viewer on the front seat of a rollercoaster ride through an eerie labyrinth of deceit and corruption.
The two-disc DVD version of this neglected gem is way overpriced and could have been included on the reverse side of a single disc but the package does include several extras that complement this wild movie that reflected the public's growing distrust of the government and the people who run it.
Richard Condon's dazzlingly paranoid comic novel about an American president's assassination investigation has been perfectly captured by writer-director William Richert. This little seen film, barely released in 1979 after a torturous, much delayed production, received strong reviews and then disappeared.
There was talk the Kennedy family didn't approve and put pressure on parent company Avco Embassy (which had military contract associations) to withdraw the film, Condon suggested in an article, "Who Killed Winter Kills" for Harper's magazine. Whatever the case -- and the story behind the filming is certainly as interesting as the film story -- this marvelous, all-star thriller about the brother of a murdered president looking into the killing plays with the darkest, almost subconscious fears this country has collectively harbored about the death of JFK.
The once in a lifetime cast includes: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Sterling Hayden, Richard Boone, Elizabeth Taylor, Eli Wallach, Ralph Meeker, Toshiro Mifune and Belinda Bauer. Plus a great score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia). Extras on this two-disc set (seems like it could've all fit easily on one disc) include a lively, sometimes startling, commentary from Richert and OK interviews with Bridges, Bauer, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and production designer Robert Boyle. Highly recommended.
The movie was plagued with production problems (even requiring a two-year hiatus to raise money to complete shooting), butchered by its original distributors, who then gave it an aborted theatrical release. In 1983, a VHS tape was released, recut to the director's concept with the original ending restored, and that is the version that appears on this DVD. The transfer is stunning and presented in it's original widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio and there's an interesting commentary by first-time feature director, William Richert who also adapted the novel for the screen.
My only problem with this "package" is that its hour or so of extras could easily have fit on one side of one disc, but Anchor Bay has chosen to pad it into two, thus jacking up the price. ... And, frankly, I was expecting more from the featurette, "Who Killed 'Winter Kills'?Read more ›
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Winter Kills is supposed to have a cult following due to its paranoiac political nature and the off the wall performances by some actors, particularly Sterling Hayden, Anthony... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2008 by Moodywoody
i can't say i liked this movie very much.it has some amusing
moments,but it doesn't seem able to make up its mind whether it is a
comedy or a drama. Read more
"Winter Kills" is supposed to be a satire on the political thriller film or, as the jacket says, a black comedy. It doesn't succeed. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by John Paul Jones
One of those 70s films that haunts me (John Huston's Wiseblood is another, there are lots more). This was based on a story by Richard Condon who also wrote The Manchurian... Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by George T. Parsons