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Winter Kills

If there's a decent film lurking somewhere in Winter Kills, writer-director William Richert doesn't want anyone to see it in his Byzantine version of a presidential assassination conspiracy [from a book by Richard Condon].

With:
Jeff Bridges John Huston Anthony Perkins Sterling Hayden Eli Wallach Elizabeth Taylor

If there’s a decent film lurking somewhere in Winter Kills, writer-director William Richert doesn’t want anyone to see it in his Byzantine version of a presidential assassination conspiracy [from a book by Richard Condon].

Tale of wealthy family patriarch John Huston, whose elder son was a president slain 19 years before the pic’s beginning, and younger sibling Jeff Bridges, now after his brother’s killer(s), is an exercise in methodical obfuscation.

Huston gives a powerhouse performance, and Bridges, always likeable, runs through his repertoire of facial expressions and grimaces, but it’s a lost cause.

Elizabeth Taylor has a worldless cameo as a procuress for the late president, but contractual provisions prevent her name from being used in connection with Winter Kills. The rest of the cast should have been so lucky.

[Pic was re-released in 1983 in a re-edited version and with original ending.]

Winter Kills

Production: Avco Embassy. Director William Richert; Producer Fred Caruso; Screenplay William Richert; Camera Vilmos Zsigmond; Editor David Bretherton; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Robert Boyle

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Jeff Bridges John Huston Anthony Perkins Sterling Hayden Eli Wallach Elizabeth Taylor

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