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The Ice Storm (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 November 1997 (USA)
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1973, suburban Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex, drink, etc., find their lives out of 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La tormenta de hielo  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£939,110 (UK) (27 February 1998)

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Gene Siskel selected this as the best film of 1997. 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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Written by Jeff Barry & Bobby Bloom
Used by permission of EMI Unart Catalog Inc (BMI)
Performed by Bobby Bloom
Courtesy of Polydor Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A subtly sardonic look inside middle-class Americana.
17 January 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Ice Storm" not only describes the weather in the Connecticut countryside but is also a metaphor for the pall which hangs over a pallid and dysfunctional middle-class suburban family of four in the 1970s. Sporting a stellar cast with Ang Lee at the helm, this well crafted, sensitive, artful production takes the audience into four lives outwardly living the "American Dream" while inwardly existing in a state of empty unfulfillment and quiet desperation. The tedious and laconic nature of the film may lose the less patient audience while those with a taste for psychodrama should enjoy it.

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