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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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real ice storm portrayed in the film happened December 16-17 in 1973 and was named "Felix." See more »

Goofs

In an early scene when Wendy and Paul are talking, one of them refers to their "parental units." This phrase became popular as the result of its use in the recurring "Coneheads" sketches on Saturday Night Live. The movie is set in 1973, however, whereas Saturday Night Live did not premiere until 1975, and the Coneheads sketches did not first air until 1977. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/P.O.D. (2002) See more »

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Too Late to Turn Back Now
Written by Eddie Cornelius
Used by permission of EMI Unart Catalog Inc (BMI)
Performed by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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Depressing as Hell and worth every consideration
3 October 2002 | by godmovingoverwaterSee all my reviews

The first time I viewed this film I found it boring and pointless - actually falling asleep at one point. However, it left a sliver in my brain that just wouldn't go away.

A week later I watched it again, and realized what a brilliant film this is. Not boring but subtle.

Comparisons to American Beauty are quite valid, however the approach taken by Ang Lee is quite different and very effective. This is the 'American Dream' twisted and misguided. Beautifully showing what happens - what always happens - when we lose sight of the things that really matter in our lives for the sake of instant gratification and material desires.

Depressing as hell and worth every consideration.


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