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The Ice Storm (1997)

R | | Drama | 26 November 1997 (USA)
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In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Rick Moody (based upon the novel by), James Schamus (screenplay by)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Ben Hood
Joan Allen ... Elena Hood
Sigourney Weaver ... Janey Carver
Henry Czerny ... George Clair
Tobey Maguire ... Paul Hood
Christina Ricci ... Wendy Hood
Elijah Wood ... Mikey Carver
Adam Hann-Byrd ... Sandy Carver
David Krumholtz ... Francis Davenport
Jamey Sheridan ... Jim Carver
Kate Burton ... Dorothy Franklin
William Cain William Cain ... Ted Shackley
Michael Cumpsty ... Philip Edwards
Maia Danziger ... Mrs. Gadd
Katie Holmes ... Libbets Casey
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Storyline

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self-help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood, roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring the liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad. Written by Emory Herbertson <shrikes.fox@worldnet.att.net>

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It was 1973, and the climate was changing. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and drug use, including scenes involving children, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tormenta de hielo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,183, 28 September 1997

Gross USA:

$7,837,632
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Brian De Palma is an admirer of this film. See more »

Goofs

Although the exterior of the railway cars shows the Penn Central logo, the interior of the car bears the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) logo. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Train Conductor: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This train, originating from New York's Grand Central Station, is back in service. Next stop will be New Canaan, Connecticut. New Canaan, Connecticut next stop.
Paul Hood: [narration] In issue 141 of the Fantastic Four, published in November, 1973, Reed Richards had to use his anti-matter weapon on his own son, who Aannihilus has turn into the Human Atom Bomb. It was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four, because they weren't like other superheroes. ...
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Tedious exercise in dysfunction
16 September 2011 | by spicyburritoSee all my reviews

First I should say, this movie could have been about my town and my family. I grew up in Connecticut and was 11 years old when the ice storm hit. My family was probably the typical dysfunctional unit of the 70's – emotionally clueless, parents headed for divorce (though we didn't know that yet), so I should have been able to relate to this film.

The problem with the movie is there's no humor, no humanity. It's just one dysfunctional, sad, deviant event after another. It's like someone from another planet was assigned a homework exercise to depict dysfunctional families on Earth. I couldn't relate to the characters and there was no one to like.

I'll give it 4 stars for the nice cinematography, the all-star cast, the good period sets and clothes. Although Toby Maguire gives his usual staring-into-space, deer-in-headlights, stupid-half-smile, what-am-I-supposed-to-be-doing-again? performance, I thought the rest of the cast did their best with the material – i.e. it wasn't the actors' fault!


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