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The Ice Storm (1997)

R | | Drama | 26 November 1997 (USA)
1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

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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 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 »

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Rated R for sexuality and drug use, including scenes involving children, and for language | See all certifications »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,183 (USA) (26 September 1997)

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$7,837,632 (USA) (6 February 1998)
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Gene Siskel selected this as the best film of 1997. See more »

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When the train arrives, it has the Penn Central logo on the front. At the time, Penn Central operated the commuter railroads throughout the Tri-State Area. However, electric multiple units such as the M-2 Cosmopolitan would not have used that logo. The first batch was owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and all of those trains would've had the state seal on the front. See more »

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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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Two-Part Invention in B-Flat Major
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Wendy Carlos
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The best film of 1997
1 September 2002 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I went to see this film with one of my friends, in a cinema I had never been to before. It was one of those rare and delightful experiences where you are the only people in the theatre. No one around to distract you. No kids munching on crisps, or couples quietly muttering sweet nothings, or idiots trying to tell the characters what to do. It was great.

The film was just brilliant. It really nearly broke my heart. Every performance is perfect. The direction by Ang Lee is deliberate and painful as he slices into you with the lives of those he makes you watch. It looks amazing, in a beautifully bleak way. It is also one the most compelling and painful movies that I have ever come across. The family life portrayed is messed up and all the relationships that are displayed are disfunctional on some level or other. But still I was forced to care for them - all of them. Such is the brilliance of the acting and the script writing.

I own this film, but I can't watch it alot. Once a year is just enough. It's to traumatic and beautiful to watch more than that.


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