The Winter Kill

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  • NR
  • 1974
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 7.0  (315)

The Winter Kill is a 1974 movie directed by Jud Taylor and starring Andy Griffith, John Larch, and Tim O'Connor. Set in a small, snow-covered town in Montana, the movie follows a sheriff who investigates a string of murders that appear to be connected to a longstanding feud between two families, the Cavanaughs and the Mosbys. The movie begins with a prologue showing a young boy, Ben Cavanaugh, witnessing the murder of his father by Donny Mosby, the head of the rival family. The story then jumps ahead several years, with Ben now grown up and working as a journalist in Los Angeles. When he learns that his mother has died, he returns to his hometown and becomes embroiled in the long-running feud once again.

The first murder that the sheriff, Sam McNeill (played by Andy Griffith), investigates is that of a young man named Neilson, who was found dead in the snow with his throat slashed. After questioning the victim's friends and family, McNeill starts to unravel a web of complicated relationships and resentments that may have led to the murder.

As the investigation progresses, McNeill begins to suspect that the murders are connected to the Cavanaugh-Mosby feud, and that someone is using the current hostilities as a cover for their own personal vendetta. He finds himself caught in the middle of the conflict as tensions rise and violence erupts.

Meanwhile, Ben Cavanaugh (played by John Larch) begins to investigate the murder of his own father, hoping to finally put the past to rest. He quickly discovers that the circumstances surrounding his father's death are more complex than he originally thought, and that there may be a connection to the recent killings.

Tim O'Connor plays the role of Jack, the town doctor and McNeill's closest ally. Jack helps McNeill in his investigation and offers a calming presence in the midst of the chaos and violence raging through the town.

The Winter Kill is a tense and engrossing thriller that keeps the audience guessing until the end. With its snowy setting, complex characters, and gripping storyline, the movie is a classic of the genre. Andy Griffith gives a standout performance as the determined and steely sheriff, while John Larch and Tim O'Connor provide solid support as the two men caught up in the town's bloody history. Overall, The Winter Kill is a must-see for fans of murder mysteries and suspenseful dramas.

The Winter Kill is a 1974 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0.

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    7.0  (315)