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The Iceman (2012)

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The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

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Ariel Vromen

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Morgan Land (screenplay), Ariel Vromen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Richard Kuklinski
Winona Ryder ... Deborah Pellicotti
Chris Evans ... Mr. Freezy
Ray Liotta ... Roy Demeo
David Schwimmer ... Josh Rosenthal
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Dino Lapron (as Danny Abeckaser)
John Ventimiglia ... Mickey Scicoli
Ryan O'Nan ... Terry Franzo
McKaley Miller ... Anabel
Megan Sherrill Megan Sherrill ... Betsy
James Franco ... Marty Freeman
Stephen Dorff ... Joey Kuklinski
Hector Hugo ... Tender Bar Earl (as Hector Hank)
Robert Davi ... Leonard Merks
Zoran Radanovich ... Jimmy
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Storyline

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Loving husband. Devoted father. Ruthless killer.


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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2013 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre de hielo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,946, 5 May 2013

Gross USA:

$1,969,193

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,552,970
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before production began, director Ariel Vromen shot a test scene with Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski and Michael Wincott as Robert Pronge. Shannon kept his role in the feature version, while Chris Evans was cast as Robert Pronge because Vromen wanted someone younger for that part. The director offered Wincott another role, but the actor wasn't happy with it and amicably refused. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Kulkinski is sitting in the back seat of Leo's "new" Buick Electra 225, the headliner and C-pillar lining is loose, ill fitted and wrinkled. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.139 (2013) See more »

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You're What I Need the Most
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Straight Up Gangster Movie
27 May 2013 | by mickeysrqSee all my reviews

The Iceman a biopic based on New Jersey hit-man Richard Kuklinski who managed to murder at least 100 and possibly up to 250 victims in a span of almost 40 years.

Michael Shannon giving a strong performance as the hit-man with the calculating and creepy demeanor of a psychopathic killer with no conscience who can still flip the switch back to his life in the suburbs with wife and kids. Yet a shade of subtlety and pathos in his portrayal of Kuklinski that we can actually identify and take some interest in his struggles. With the exception of Winona Ryder who fits seamlessly as naive suburban housewife (and the 2 daughters) very unlikely to feel sympathy for the victims with the exception of one senseless killing. Mostly wiseguys, mostly scumbags. We're not all that mad at Kuklinski for the nasty stuff he's doing.

Ray Liotta a can't miss as a minor mob boss, all the acting first rate and the characters real. But the Iceman story is told without ice and without chasers, a gangster flick without sentiments real or phony thrown in. Viewers hoping to draw insights or conclusions from all the dead bodies might end up disappointed. The 'Iceman' moniker from his practice of freezing bodies to confuse the time of death.

My biggest question for Kuklinski would be, how do you get away with so many murders, so many different methods, places, people over a span of almost 40 years? In the true crime shows the perp makes one little slip in his only perfect crime and ends up in the slam.

The movie is what it is because I don't think there's all that much complex or new in a Kuklinski to learn. Abused growing up, turns to sociopathic super bully behavior as an adult to get what he wants and to survive. No genius but smart enough to know when to turn it down out in the suburbs. Kuklinski was an usher at mass every Sunday. They should have included that in the movie.


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