Winter Kills (1979)


“I’m all that’s standing between you and darkest night, son. The other side of me, there’s Chaos.” – Pa Kegan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The son of a powerful family tries to figure out the conspiracy that led to his brother’s Presidential assassination nearly twenty years earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of beforehand and was very pleased to see was chosen by Troy Anderson of Anderson Vision as his pick for the Movie of the Month on The LAMB.

I have always been a huge fan of conspiracy theory films and this is a great addition to that genre.

They manages to make a fictional plot by using real ideas and facts of the JFK assassination in planning out the story for this film which mirrors many of those events.

The pacing of the story is great and they find interesting and intriguing ways of constantly surprising us along the way.

Jeff Bridges is superb in the lead and he is able to allows us to believe that his character is both intelligent and clueless at the same time while trying to uncover the conspiracy that led to his own brother’s assassination nearly twenty years earlier.

He is still able to pick up some great clues along the way as we also get to try and solve this puzzle piece by piece.

The supporting cast is also great and they help keep the magic of the story feel so realistic.

John Huston, Anthony Perkins and Sterling Hayden are the standout among them.

This film is based on a novel of the same name and I’d be quite interested in reading it in order to see what great clues and elements of such a clever conspiracy theory tale didn’t manage to make the final cut.

So glad that I came across this film and can’t wait to see it again to try and catch all that I must have missed.

Thanks for choosing this film Troy!

Bottom Line – Great conspiracy theory film that manages to give us a really interesting scenario of what might have happened in the JFK assassination. The story is paced really well and they manage to give us some excellent surprises along the way.  The supporting cast is perfect and they help keep the magic of the plot feel quite realistic. Bridges is superb in the lead and allows us to believe such a person could be so intelligent yet clueless as he picks up the clues along the way.  This is based on a novel of the same name and I’m quite interested in reading it in order to see what other elements are present that failed to make the final cut here. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The picture was co-financed by two alleged marijuana drug dealers, Leonard J. Goldberg and Robert Sterling. Sterling was sentenced to forty years for marijuana smuggling whilst Goldberg, sixteen days before the film was premiered on 11 May 1979, was found handcuffed and shot dead in his New York flat, allegedly a hit by mobsters for Goldberg’s debt payment failure, on 25 April that year. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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