Picks and Pans Review: Winter Kills
Even with a talented cast, an intriguing idea and Oscar-winning (Close Encounters) cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, this movie still bombs. The problem is the screenplay and direction by William Richert. Jeff Bridges plays the stepbrother of an assassinated President who bears more than a passing resemblance to JFK. He accidentally discovers a conspiracy behind the killing—and thus sets off on a trail of murder, deceit and tedium. John Huston, as the womanizing father of the late President, plays it for laughs; twitchy Anthony Perkins is the manager of the family fortune; Eli Wallach simpers as a Jack Ruby-like nightclub owner, and Sterling Hayden portrays a right-wing industrialist. Only Belinda Bauer, whose steamy sex scene with Bridges probably led to an R rating, comes out unsullied—well, she gets noticed, anyway. Political conspiracy plots (this one is based on Richard Condon's novel) need suspense and believability. Winter Kills has neither.
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