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The Ice Storm (1997)

 -  Drama  -  30 October 1997 (Italy)
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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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storm | drink | ice storm | ice | thanksgiving | See more »

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The American Dream was over. But the hangover was just beginning. 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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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£217,563 (UK) (6 February 1998)

Gross:

£939,110 (UK) (27 February 1998)
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Trivia

Rick Moody, the author of the novel was so pleased with the film he sobbed through the end credits. See more »

Goofs

When Ben begins giving Paul the sex talk in the car, his unease causes him to swerve in to the wrong lane (as indicated by the sound of an oncoming car horn and Ben's swerving back into his lane). Yet, the oncoming car never passes them. 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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References Billy Jack (1971) See more »

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Help Me Make It Through the Night
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Used by permission of Combine Music Corp.
Administered by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Sammi Smith
Courtesy of Dominican Entertainment, Inc.
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disturbing, dark, and brutally honest film, three stars
28 November 2000 | by (philadephia, pa.) – See all my reviews

Ang Lee is a perfectionist, and it shows here in this excellent film about relationships between friends, lovers and families. The attention to detail is second to none, this film is wonderfully crafted, the landscape is filled in every scene with the beauty of nature or the ugliness of the humans that inhabit it. The dysfunctional family is not only observed, it is clinically dissected and placed under a microscope. So many divergent paths these characters take, so many of them the wrong paths, it is hard to look away, because morbid curiosity grips all of us at times. Sigourney Weaver and Joan Allen are both outstanding here and well supported by the rest of this talented cast. Highly recommended.


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