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Iceman (1984)

PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 13 April 1984 (USA)
A prehistoric Neanderthal man found frozen in ice is revived by an arctic exploration team, who then attempt to use him for their own scientific means.

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Dr. Stanley Shephard
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Dr. Diane Brady
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Charlie
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Whitman
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Dr. Singe
Philip Akin ...
Dr. Vermeil
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Loomis
Amelia Hall ...
Mabel
Richard Monette ...
Hogan
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Maynard
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Temp Doc
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Scatem Doc
Judith Berlin ...
E.K.G. Doc (as Judy Berlin)
Paul Batten ...
Technician
Lovie Eli ...
Nurse
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An anthropologist who is part of an arctic exploration team discovers the body of a prehistoric Neanderthal man who is subsequently resuscitated. The researcher must then decide what to do with the prehistoric man and he finds himself defending the man from those that want to dissect him in the name of science. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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HE'S 40,000 YEARS OLD. Deep within an Arctic glacier they found him, preserved by a miracle of nature, brought back to life by a miracle of science. Now medical science wants to exploit him in the name of research. One man wants to stop them...in the name of humanity. But he'll need more than a miracle to survive...he'll need a friend. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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13 April 1984 (USA)  »

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Ismannen  »

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Director Fred Schepisi became attached to the project when Don Zimmerman contacted him. Schepisi begged Norman Jewison to let him direct the picture. During audience testing, Jewison mandated several cuts to be made, material that Schepisi wanted to keep. See more »

Goofs

When "Charlie" awakens in the vivarium, he goes about life in general until he "catches" the water filter hose in the stream/pond. But as the scene continues, there is no way that he wouldn't notice the man-made construction of the glass enclosure or the fact that he cannot see the whole sky. Only when he roams hysterically around the vivarium does it become apparent. See more »

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Title Card: I, who was born to die, shall live. That the world of animals, and the world of men, may come together, I shall live. - Inuit Legend
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(opening quote) I, who was born to die Shall live. That the world of animals And the world of men May come together, I shall live. -- Inuit Legend See more »


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Heart of Gold
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by Neil Young
Performed by Timothy Hutton, accompanied by John Lone
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An unforgettable journey of humanity
4 November 1999 | by (Taipei, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

While a group of scientists were working in the Arctic they found a man frozen in the ice. Dr. Stanley Shephard (Timothy Hutton) identified the primitive as a Neanderthal who was probably 40000 years old.

Neanderthals were supposed to be located in Europe. So how could one be found in North America? However, despite all the possible scientific errors, "Iceman" is still a masterpiece. This film is about the issue of immortality- we could deal with the same problems that the iceman did - if freezing sick people and unfreezing them when there are new ways to cure become possible in the future. Is everybody supposed to live forever? Or if some of us, the ill ones, would be healed decades or even centuries later, we may not be used to the new world, new things around us, and our loved ones may already died. It may cause psychological trauma and...the shock would be unimaginable. I think Shephard was right, death is natural and we should face it.

In the movie, only Shephard was willing to treat the iceman (John Lone) as a human, not as an object to be used in some scientific experiment. Shephard tried very hard to communicate with the iceman and getting to know him as a person. This became a touching and educational journey for everyone involved.

John Lone's mesmorizing performance as "Charlie" the iceman who intended to sacrifice himself in order to save his family, has profoundly moved me. He's really a splendid actor. And I must say this film is definitely worth seeing more than once.


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