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Cool as Ice (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  18 October 1991 (USA)
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A rap-oriented remake of "The Wild One", with heavy emphasis on the fact that rap star Vanilla Ice has assumed the Marlon Brando role.



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The old teen rebel saga is updated for the rap crowd, unfortunately rapper Vanilla Ice is the teen. Ice shows up on a neon-yellow motorcycle which gets everyone's attention, including the female honor student who has never had a rebellious bone in her body. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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When a girl has a heart of stone, there's only one way to melt it. Just add Ice.


Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buz Gibi  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$1,193,062 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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According to an episode of Behind the Music (1997) featuring Vanilla Ice, Robert Van Winkle was paid $1,000,000 for his role as Johnny Van Owen. See more »


When Johnny first picks up Kat from her house, where she has lived all of her life, she very briefly tries to push the front gate instead of pulling it. See more »


Johnny: Drop that zero and get with the hero!
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Crazy Credits

The last text of the end credits is :"B kool stay n skool", followed by a quick shot of Ice fixing his hat while on the bike (obviously being pulled on a trailer) before giving the "peace" sign. See more »


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Perfection, thy name is Cool As Ice
11 February 2000 | by (Chapel Hill, NC) – See all my reviews

This film can only be described as brilliant. Cool As Ice is a cinematic tour de force, and it resonates with unique passion and joie de vivre. Every character is brimming with both gritty realism and inspired originality, while the script is simply the best to be penned since Chinatown. Expertly crafted with stunning visuals and sparse narrative, the film presents a fascinating interpretation, through the use of archetypal characters, of the age-old story of the uptown girl and the downtown man. The cinematography is refreshingly restrained, with the intriguing exception of the use of Vanilla Ice's leather jacket as a narrative device. The fresh threads contain numerous words, ranging from "Down by Law" (the name of a punk band), to Yep (1/2 of Ice's catch phrase), to "Sex me up." At relevant moments, the camera will dwell upon a particular word or expression, enhancing the cinematic experience dramatically. Although it is but one example of the film's innovative technique, this device is representative of the consistently inventive, moving and magnificent film. Already a well-respected movie, Cool As Ice will inevitably enter the annals of truly great cinema after sufficient time has past to permit its canonization.

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