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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)

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

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$7,837,632 (USA) (6 February 1998)
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Joan Allen and Tobey Maguire appear together again two years later in Pleasantville (1999). See more »

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At the key party, when Ben stumbles upon his colleague George Clair while pouring himself a drink, George has a wedding ring on his left hand. But in the next shot, when George's left hand is in the foreground, gesticulating, there is no wedding ring to be seen. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Help Me Make It Through the Night
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Administered by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
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Courtesy of Dominican Entertainment, Inc.
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A Pointless Emotional Train Wreck
12 April 1999 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Ice Storm" left me cold, really cold. At the end of the movie I was left with the feeling of being sucked dry. I spent 90 minutes enduring an endless series of pointless dysfunctional encounters that made me squirm in my chair with terminal embarrassment. The characters were dismal emotional wrecks with no moral inclination whatsoever. They had managed to ruin perfectly good lives and then inflict themselves onto me.

If there was a point to this story it might have been - Adultery, wife swapping, and etc. will destroy you and all those around you. So what ? I never formed any emotional ties to any of these people anyway.

How could you take so many talented actors and create a story no one should ever see? The writers obviously had talent, how else could they create situations that actually had me hiding my face waiting for the agony to subside. They had talented actors like Joan Allen and Kevin Kline, and yet wasted their time and ours. I found it hard to believe that this came from the same director/writer team that produced the charming "Eat Drink Man Women".

On the plus side, the acting was good, the circa 1970's homes and wardrobes were the best 70's piece ever, and the cinematography outstanding. If you are the kind of person that stops to enjoy the carnage of a good train wreck, then this movie might just be for you.


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