Dead of Winter

Struggling actress Katie (Steenburgen) auditions for a part that entails travelling upstate to a rambling country house inhabited by crippled Dr Lewis (Rubes) and his amanuensis (McDowall). She should, however, be less concerned about her acting prospects than about the missing actress she is to replace, Julie Rose. Were she a thriller fan, she'd realise that her life is in danger; after all, she's the pawn in a game reminiscent of Joseph H Lewis' My Name Is Julia Ross. While beautifully shot, admirably old-fashioned (sexual violence and explicit gore are absent), and endowed with pleasing plot twists, the film is too formulaic and offers little opportunity for Penn to display his prodigious talents.

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Arthur Penn
Screenwriter: Mark Malone, Marc Schmuger
Cast: Wayne Robson
Mary Steenburgen
William Russ
Ken Pogue
Roddy McDowall
Jan Rubes
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