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Nightkill (1980)

A woman's lover poisons her cruel husband, a rich businessman, in front of her. She becomes more terrified when she finds the lover dead as well. A police detective suddenly shows up at her door.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Joan Andre (screenplay) (as Joane Andre), John Case (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Katherine Atwell
Robert Mitchum ... Donner / Rodriguez
Mike Connors ... Wendell Atwell
James Franciscus ... Steve Fulton
Fritz Weaver ... Herbert Childs
Sybil Danning ... Monika Childs
Tina Menard ... Consuela
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ... Alice
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ... Christine
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Lt. Donner
Ramona Bair Ramona Bair ... Social Worker
Nimmy Abiaka Nimmy Abiaka ... Pregnant Teenager
Helen Hardin Helen Hardin ... Valda
Burke Rhind Burke Rhind ... McCarthy
James Rehfeld James Rehfeld ... Airline Clerk #1
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Storyline

The wife of a wealthy industrialist finds herself caught-up in a web of intrigue & murder which was created by her own deceit. When she tries to escape the results of her actions, she too falls victim to deception. Written by Anonymous

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She'd DIE for him...he'd KILL for her... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cine Artist Film GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First of two filmed productions co-starring actress Jaclyn Smith and actor James Franciscus who the following year would both star in the 1981's made for television Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981) where they played 'Jacqueline Kennedy' and John F. Kennedy respectively. See more »

Quotes

Steve Fulton: Morning hugs are the best.
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Featured in Jaclyn Smith: Kill or Be Killed (2017) See more »

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Let's scare Jaclyn to death
16 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Nightkill was going to be the breakout feature film debut for Jaclyn Smith of Charlie's Angels. It wound up being quite a bit less than that and not even making it to the big screen. Smith is joined by two television series veterans, Mike Connors of Mannix and James Franciscus of Mr. Novak. And of course big screen legend Robert Mitchum who hadn't been involved in a scare film like this since Cape Fear.

Smith is most unhappily married to Mike Connors who is a tyrannical tycoon. But she is having an affair with Connors's number two Jim Franciscus. One fine day with both all three at the spaciou home that Connors and Smith have, Franciscus slips some poison into Connors's drink and he dies. What to do with the body?

After what is done with it, it's Franciscus's corpse that Smith finds where they had stored Connors. And now there is a police detective played by Mitchum poking around in a most officious like manner, almost like he understudied the Peter Falk school of plodding detective work.

You might think you know where this is going, but I assure you that you don't. It gets real terrifying for Jaclyn Smith as she doesn't know who to trust or believe.

The spacious vistas of Phoenix, Arizona were not properly used in the cinematography of Nightkill. Mitchum doesn't come in until some 35 minutes after the film begins, but a few flecks of those famous rumpled eyelids and he's dominating the proceedings from then on.

NIghtkill is not the greatest of mystery thrillers, but it's reasonably entertaining for those who will want to empathize with what Smith is going through.


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