DH. play real war games in real tanks. Several, like Elizabeth Taylor, are barely in a couple of shots A final aside - genre fans can see femme favorites Tisa Farrow, Candace Rialson, Camilla Sparv, and Erin Gray peppered here and there as various sultry callgirls, adding more spice to the director's very male … always convinced are listening in the next room. hand, along 88%. I'll leave you with teasers… Cinema a la Rembrandt, casting a bookstore assistant, using the 'N' word as being right for a certain character and Richert's final remark that he's thankful to Anchor Bay (DVD distributors in 2003) who were "…smart enough to release it.". I'm looking at you, Brad Dexter. Fourteen. 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. telling of the story couldn't be better. She said that when the production shut down, Liz refused to return the coat. Salt is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent and goes on the run to try to clear her name.. The reason I'm unfamiliar with Winter Kills probably has more to do with how relatively disconnected we all were in 1979, that and the fact that there was no theatrical release listing for the UK. It was this scene that made me breathe out slowly and go "OK…" and settle in to the madness on offer. he knows, is the failing of both conspiracy movies, and real-life conspiracies as well. How Richert maintained his passion for the project as well as those willing to accept that they may never get paid for their work is oddly admirable. The Big Sleep may Here he's required to speak English, which the revered actor learned phonetically. Radio spot (30") The characters are hard to care about (as most are caricatures) but this doesn't take too much away from one's enjoyment. This, however, is the only predictable element of this mesmerizingly mazelike yarn. more or less, from the superior The Kremlin Letter. and only served to muddy the water. affair, are world-class Hollywood gossip. Directed by William Richert. impressive Mifune, he reasons, think how powerful Huston's character must be. LG. Pa Kegan has just bullied his son to play detective. FC. This is a none too rare instance of the movie being smarter than the reviewer. Seeing how genuine the regard and affection both star and director have for each other is rather special. You get an idea of what you're in for but no sense of the comedy or satire as elliptical as it is. 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. 's wealth and power spars with an heir who takes the wealth for granted but not the venal immorality surgically stapled to the power. Winter Kills' storytelling style is the narrative equivalent of Critical Responses come from Sight and Sound, the Monthly Film Bulletin and the Observer newspaper. That isn't at all the Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Anne Billson, archival accounts of the making of the film, Richert on Winter Kills, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits the people he's seen have mysteriously died, except for crotchety Richard Boone, reprising his role, Unfortunately, its purposely splintered storyline, and its minefield of 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. It actually gets a bit scary: how knew the assistant wardrobe person who, as part of her job, personally signed for the borrowed "WINTER Kills," which opens today at Cinema 2 and a number of other theaters, has been advertised with the slogan "Something funny is happening in 'Winter Kills.' Reviewed: March 22, 2003, 1. Visually, the Director cut on the LE Indicator blu ray. Reportedly intoxicated at all times, ex-Cowboy star Richard Boone nevertheless delivers a performance on take one. luxury, from the corporate oil tanker to the swank hotel suites and snooty restaurants. Olson adds some detail (a lot we have already gleaned after viewing the extras in order but that's hardly his fault) to the trailer of a film he holds in some high regard. very male-oriented 'vision'. Richert maintains that as a young man on his first film, he wanted to surround himself with tested actors and technicians. unreliable sources). With the exception of the last few shots of the shorter 1983 re-issue (the only surviving version of this new ending was a 4:3 unsaturated source), lighting cameraman Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography looks luscious and about as clean as it could be. Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate, in the stylish but methodical hands of John It strings together most of the principal conspiracy  'theories' that popped up in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There is a scene in the film that is almost a microcosm of the film in miniature. This is followed by a colour Front of House still (again signed by John Huston) and finally the US release theatrical poster. Though technically a work of fiction, Winter Kills (1979, R) is the maddest and most entertaining of Kennedy conspiracy thrillers, a wild kaleidoscope of clashing theories directed with wit and performed with gusto by an astounding cast. little impact and seems rushed, and (spoiler) John Huston's exit goes against the nature of the can they be sure there isn't some John Cerruti out there monitoring DVD docus, ready to wipe out still and art galleries, trailers Image gallery: publicity and promotional material 2 talking about this. I was a little taken by that as I always thought Perkins was gay. Kegan's He remarks that the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor divorce was notable for how much one wanted to leave to the other. The maid fussing over the unmade bed suddenly rushes at Nick on the snowy balcony, thrusts a bed sheet over his head and tries to hurl him off the building. ", Next up is The Unmaking of Winter Kills, taken from four sources, it charts the extraordinary path of the film's budget. Savant has another take on the Liz Taylor fur coat scandal. lack of sinister ambition sets him apart from everyone else in this overpopulated picture, and Bridges' sinister millionaires, William Richert's sumptuously-produced film takes on dead-serious issues Really? Bellicose John Huston as Kegan's Machiavellian, overbearing father is fun to watch, as is the Bridges really can ride and when he's far enough away from his father, he leaps off the horse and with as much frustration he can vent, screams out towards the obscenely large house, "You stink, Pa! (the best thing in the film, next to Bridges) weaves crazy verbal webs that really do pull us Customers Who … quickly establishes that nobody is telling Kegan the truth, so we never even begin to get a Richert hired him on the cusp of global recognition and he doesn't disappoint. Dorothy Malone, Tomas Milian, and Ralph Meeker flash by making little impact. I prefer the original theatrical ending because the future seems more promising. Winter Kills is an extraordinary oddity that may all be down to the source material by novelist Richard Condon. Movie legends have bizarre walk-ons; when Elizabeth Taylor has no lines and is on-screen If there was one aspect of the Kennedy story I hadn't any knowledge of, it was how his father, Joseph might have had a hand in putting his son on the US throne as it were. furrier. Packaging: Keep case There is still genuine enthusiasm and love among those who participated in this most unusual film. The writer and director William Richert is simply not very good and in HIS directors cut, … Behind all the fancy plot footwork, the rest of the film is cartoonishly obvious. RS. Perkins performs the kind of inspired cameo that makes you shake your head he couldn't have broken free of the "Psycho" mold. Winter Kills Director's Cut. Then there's Maurice Jarre, probably one of the top three composers of that era. I have to admit only getting all this on a second viewing. Sweet. Audio commentary with writer-director William Richert (2003) to intercede and get the coat back. British label, Powerhouse Films’ Indicator Series, is releasing Director William Richert’s Winter Kills (1979) on a limited edition 4K Blu-ray. It's never less than entertaining but as a satisfying satirical thriller, it just falls a little short more from its glorious ambition than any failure of imagination. Every time it attempts to be funny or hip or quirky, it simply becomes ridiculous. About. Many reviewers pointed out that the film existed on the boundary of a comedy and a thriller. that what we do, write, and say is irrelevant, than perhaps Winter Kills is dead-on accurate. There are fourteen vertically-scrolled screen's worth (and I have a big screen) of trivia in Winter Kills' IMdb entry. My friend's friend had no choice but to make the same author's wild take on the Kennedy assassination became this post-Watergate black comedy. interview with the Sterling Hayden character, were staged to deceive him. Bridges arrives to have a chat and ends up driving for his life while Hayden's four tanks give chase. with anyone else's little problems, like going to jail. spoken) and then assume he has something important to contribute. That's the danger of 'stuff you know'. Spielberg's first choice for Quint in Jaws, Sterling Hayden, plays a deranged former political rival, Dawson. that only barely got made. Star Stories (2003): Richert discusses the film's extraordinary all-star cast (7' 39") "Winter Kills" exemplifies this. Despite how you might feel about the finished project, there doesn't seem to be any question of how committed the cast and crew were to this real oddity. He has that deliberate, portentous, drawling delivery that makes him absolutely unique as an actor and the scenes with him and his son (Bridges) crackle with energy. There's so much fine work in Winter Kills, it's hard to know where to begin. Director First of all, there's Vilmos Zsigmond, the acclaimed Hungarian born cinematographer who won an Oscar for his work on Close Encounters and a year later, a BAFTA for his cinematography of The Deer Hunter. Even God gave him a break after he rallied against the heavens at bad weather given a second chance at finishing the film. Boyle's association with the 'Master of Suspense' is a feather in both his and director Richert's cap. Fred C. Caruso Producer. Winter Kills opened to positive (if at times querulous First time director William Richert sounds like one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, a man who was smart enough to surround himself with so much tested talent in front of and behind the camera, so that whatever he ended up with would have been interesting. Just a short observation; the interview is credited at the start to Richard T. Johnson but at the end to Richard T. Jameson. character. have no trouble dropping potentially libelous hints about Nick Kegan is played by an impossibly young 'Dude', aka Jeff Bridges. Wait a minute… Huh?" In fact, "Winter Kills" teems with offbeat characterizations that might flutter off into self-absorbed zaniness if not for Jeff Bridges in a competent everyman role. One way to explain Winter Kills is to see it as an updated Confidential Report Erin Gray peppered here and there as various sultry callgirls, adding more spice to the director's Indecent is up against decent in the ring and I'm afraid I can guess which usually ends up bloodied on the mat. The poor assistant wardrobe person was stuck in the middle, threatened with legal action by the It's the first film to actually declare bankruptcy with a cast and crew that would set you back 50 million today before you loaded a single 35mm film magazine. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, (note: This is second-hand info, 25 years old) Return, Review Staff | About DVD Talk | Newsletter Subscribe | Join DVD Talk Forum Leonard Goldberg Producer. Kegan is told at regular intervals that most of The adage that if a movie is big enough, nothing can stop its production, She outlines the historical broad strokes and presents details of the cinematic environment that Winter Kills was about to be dropped into. with other cast members like Belinda Bauer, to tell the story of an independent that There were quite a few weeks worked without payment but both cast and crew seemed to be on a mission to finish the project. It took almost three years to finish after a long list of calamities that would have made most filmmakers crawl back to their beds and whimper for an entire season. Jeff Bridges' Nick Kegan moves in a world of fantastic This, however, is the only predictable element of this mesmerizingly mazelike yarn. people, even movie stars, with loose tongues? Candidate nevertheless went over the heads of 1962 audiences, who preferred the no-brainer went wildly off-course. The film had a lot of brothers and sisters in the conspiracy and paranoia genre at the time. Nick visits his ultra-wealthy father who seems disinterested in the new information. TOMATOMETER Stars Jeff Bridges. He manages to rip open a hole in the bed sheet and in forcing the maid off him, he tears her apron down revealing her breasts and she runs off down the corridor semi-naked. This extra includes 27 colour behind the scenes shots followed by 11 Front of House Black and White Stills with the first signed by John Huston and another showing the sexual clinch between two naked actors now oddly clothed. Can't recall the last time I saw naked breasts in a trailer. Each fingers the other as the arch-fiend responsible for Return, 2. More Dark Comedy, Drama and Thrillers DVDs available @ DVD Empire. Winter Kills is a 1979 American black comedy film directed by William Richert, based on the novel by satirist Richard Condon. 4-hour cut. blind alleys. checquered suits, snooping around and intimidating us with questions. at some level make sense. 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. It is, however, maddeningly difficult to follow. And, no. With Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach. The visual element (on radio?) Attempting a synopsis of this particular film is like herding cats in fog blindfolded while bungee jumping but I'll give it a go… In the early 60s, a sniper murders the President of the United States and the sniper is subsequently gunned down a day later by a man with a precious stone surname (sound familiar?) 1.0 out of 5 stars big disappointment. Perhaps this was the result of the shoot starting with enthusiasm and gusto in 1976 and then being broken up by money troubles and union issues. That appears to be what's him locate and eliminate everyone living with a clue to his wicked past. Every time it attempts to be funny or hip or quirky, it simply becomes ridiculous. but most are one-scene one-shots. That's Winter Kills in a nutshell. With what sounds like generic music under a few dialogue snippets and a low voiced voiceover outlining the basis of the plot, this probably would have worked on me. The Trial - essentially the same guy, only secure in his little dynasty of power. I wouldn’t rank this with the elite political conspiracy flicks out there, but it is well crafted and a cut above most of the genre’s entries. King of Japanese cinema at the time, Toshirō Mifune, turns up in a blink and you'll miss him cameo. If you know the Kennedy story in any detail, you will find lots of obvious and deliberate parallels. I have never known a Hollywood film quite like Winter Kills and while that may be a positive thing (any outlier is welcome in these days of corporate conformity, cookie-cutter sequels and formula following) the movie itself defies pigeonholing. They must have said goodbye and went their separate ways in 1979 but twenty-four years later, here they are and the relationship is so real, no actors could act that. Directed by William Richert. The colours are vibrant, the contrast spot on and there is an almost supernatural absence of physical damage. Drama 1978 1 hr 37 min ... Director. 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