Winter Kill

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Winter Kill
Directed by Jud Taylor
Produced by Alan Godfrey (associate producer)
Richard O. Linke (executive producer)
Burt Nodella (producer)
Written by John Michael Hayes (telaplay)
David Karp (story)
Starring Andy Griffith
John Larch
Tim O'Connor
Lawrence Pressman
Eugene Roche
Charles Tyner
Joyce Van Patten
Nick Nolte
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Edited by Henry Berman
Distributed by ABC
Release date
  • April 15, 1974 (1974-04-15)
Running time
94 min.
Country United States
Language English
For the album by heavy metal band Slauter Xstroyes, see Winter Kill (Album)

Winter Kill is a 1974 U.S. made-for-TV movie directed by Jud Taylor and written by John Michael Hayes and David Karp. It stars Andy Griffith as Sam McNeill, the police chief in a small resort town in the mountains of northern California. The film is mystery-suspense drama about McNeill's attempts to solve a string of local serial killings linked by messages left at the scenes of the crimes. Nick Nolte played the role of Dave Michaels.

The movie (which aired on April 15, 1974 as an ABC Movie of the Week) was intended as a series pilot. When it failed to sell, the main character was renamed and used as the lead character for the short-lived 1975 series Adams of Eagle Lake, also starring Andy Griffith.

The film was released on DVD by Warner Bros. in 2009 along with Griffith's 1977 TV movie Deadly Game, making it one of the few of Griffith's TV movies from the 1970s to have an official DVD release.

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