Play Dates


June 5 (35mm)        New York, NY        FILM FORUM

June 18 & 23 (35mm)        Austin, TX        AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY

Winter Kills Play Dates


USA, 1979
Director: William Richert
Producer: Leonard J. Goldberg, Robert Sterling, Fred Caruso
Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, Dorothy Malone, Tomas Milian, Belinda Bauer, Ralph Meeker, Toshirō Mifune, Richard Boone
Screenwriter: William Richert
Based on a book by Richard Condon
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Music: Maurice Jarre
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Language: English
Running Time: 97 minutes

This thinly veiled and hyper-paranoiac take on the JFK assassination stars Jeff Bridges as Nick Kegan, scion of a fabulously wealthy and powerful family headed by patriarch Huston ("the real delight of the film" — Canby, New York Times), as a character based on Joe Kennedy. Bridges soon finds himself going down multiple rabbit holes while trying to unravel the conspiracy behind the murder of a U.S. president, his older brother.

35mm Print:
This new 35mm print, the first struck in over 40 years, was supervised by legendary cinematographer John Bailey, the movie’s camera operator. Bailey also photographed additional scenes a year later when Vilmos Zsigmond was unavailable.

Reviews and Quotes 2

— The New Yorker

"A madcap riff on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Winter Kills is part black comedy, part paranoid thriller and — an evocation of cosmic conspiracy that boasts its own conspiratorial back story — part carnival hall of mirrors."
— J. Hoberman, The New York Times

"Richert positions the lurid plot as absurdist comedy without losing sight of its high historical stakes."
— Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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