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The Ice Harvest (2005)

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A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Richard Russo (screenplay), Robert Benton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Charlie Arglist
Billy Bob Thornton ... Vic Cavanaugh
Lara Phillips ... Rusti
Bill Noble Bill Noble ... Culligan
Brad Smith Brad Smith ... Ronny
Ned Bellamy ... Sidney
Connie Nielsen ... Renata Crest
Mike Starr ... Roy Gelles
T.J. Jagodowski T.J. Jagodowski ... Officer Tyler
Meghan Maureen McDonough ... Francie
Tab Baker Tab Baker ... Dennis
Frank Gallo Frank Gallo ... Restaurateur
William Dick ... Manager
Oliver Platt ... Pete Van Heuten
David Pasquesi ... Councilman Williams
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Storyline

Larceny, lust and lethal behavior. In icebound Wichita, Kansas, it's Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata. But as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking - and the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with surprises. Written by focus features

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'Twas the night before Christmas... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La cosecha de hielo See more »

Filming Locations:

Carpentersvillle, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,744,000, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$9,016,782

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,156,968
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scott Phillips initially convinced himself that his novel The Ice Harvest was unadaptable. Upon reading it again, he felt that his book could indeed be adapted. See more »

Goofs

When Vic and Charlie are in the restaurant after Charlie drops and breaks his phone, it is intact/broken in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Vic: Don't be so worried. The hard part's done already. Everything worked just like you said it would.
Charlie Arglist: Yeah. I guess.
Vic: Just act normal for a few hours and we're home free. OK?
Charlie Arglist: OK.
Vic: OK.
Charlie Arglist: Uh, you wanna take the money and not me?
Vic: You wanna take the money?
Charlie Arglist: No, I-I-I don't know. I was just...
Vic: Well, if you wanna take the money... I mean, if you think you could do a better job at guarding two-million dollars...
Charlie Arglist: No, no, no. It should be you. It should be you. It's just that we didn't discuss that.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Loved it!
1 November 2005 | by jwtwSee all my reviews

I also saw this film at the Virginia Film Festival, but I must disagree with the other fellow who wrote it up. I loved it. I'm not a huge Cusack fan, but I have to say he does a great job carrying this small, gritty, character-driven film. And I thought Oliver Platt was great throughout. It's a terrific script, too, co-written by none other than Robert Benton. Kudos to Harold Ramis for having the guts to make this indie film! Is it commercial? Is it going to make a lot at the B.O.? No, it's not. It's another WONDER BOYS. It's another BIG LEBOWSKI. It's another CUTTER'S WAY. It's another NOBODY'S FOOL. Won't make money, but who cares... It was a delight to watch and I'm sure I'll see it again on a big screen and own it on DVD.


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