Winter Kills
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Huston gives a powerhouse performance, and Bridges, always likeable, runs through his repertoire of facial expressions and grimaces, but it's a lost cause."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film is funny, but it's frightening and vertiginous, too -- a complex tone that apparently left audiences baffled."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Bizarre, fascinating political assassination satire with superb cast"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"A wonderfully intricate and intelligent thriller."
‑ , Film4
"An excellent conspiracy thriller of unusual blackness and wit."
‑ , Time Out
"Though it garnered little attention in theaters, it has become a cult favorite on video."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A real cult classic, this reimagining of the Kennedy assassination asks what might have gone down in an alternate and very similar universe."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Winter Kills" isn't exactly a comedy, but it's funny. And it isn't exactly serious, but it takes on the serious business of the Kennedy assassination."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"As an absurdist take on conspiracy thrillers, it's close to brilliant -- assuming you get the joke, which audiences don't seem to have in 1979."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Winter Kills boasts some exceptional acting by John Huston and Anthony Perkins and Dorothy Malone."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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