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(1997)

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In the novel The Ice Storm, Rick Moody writes "And sometimes Paul himself was Ben Grimm, and sometimes he was Peter Parker, a.k.a. the Spider-Man" Coincidentally, Tobey Maguire plays both Paul and Peter Parker in the film versions.
Rick Moody, the author of the novel was so pleased with the film he sobbed through the end credits.
The real ice storm portrayed in the film happened December 16-17 in 1973 and was named "Felix."
Natalie Portman turned down the role of Wendy Hood.
The song that Paul and Wendy are listening to in her bedroom - "I Got a Name" by Jim Croce - was released on September 20, 1973, the very day that Jim Croce was killed in the crash of a small plane in Louisiana.
To prepare for the film, Ang Lee let the cast members study stacks of magazine cutouts from the early 1970s.
Film debut of Katie Holmes.
Gene Siskel selected this as the best film of 1997.
Although events in the film occur in November, filming actually began in the late spring. This is evidenced by an abundance of greenery in the exterior shots.
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When asked to say grace, Christina Ricci goes into a tirade about the cruelty that is celebrated as Thanksgiving. She makes a similar speech when Wednesday, her character in Addams Family Values (1993), hijacks the camp Thanksgiving pageant. Both movies star Ricci and David Krumholtz.
Joan Allen and Tobey Maguire appear together again two years later in Pleasantville (1999).
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Director Brian De Palma is an admirer of this film.
The book Janey is reading while sitting on the water bed is "When She Was Good" by Philip Roth.
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Tobey Maguire and Katie Holmes appear together again in Wonder Boys (2000). Both movies have a classroom scene where they are discussing literature.
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The film takes place in 1973.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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At the time the story takes place, the NY MTA had existed since 1967 but the railroad in the film was operated by Penn Central. In 1983 operation was taken over by Metro North Commuter Railroad, in 2016 it is known as simply Metro North Railroad.
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