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A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

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Storyline

Larceny, lust and lethal behavior. In icebound Wichita, Kansas, it's Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata. But as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking - and the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with surprises. Written by focus features

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Thick Thieves. Thin Ice. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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23 November 2005 (USA)  »

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La cosecha de hielo  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,740,799 (USA) (25 November 2005)

Gross:

$8,819,059 (USA) (9 December 2005)
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John Cusack's character's last name, Arglist, translates to "guile" or "deceitfulness" in German. See more »

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When they go to load the body in the back of the Mercedes its an obvious dummy, as seen by how it flops around lightly after being thrown in there. See more »

Quotes

Vic: Don't be so worried. The hard part's done already. Everything worked just like you said it would.
Charlie Arglist: Yeah. I guess.
Vic: Just act normal for a few hours and we're home free. OK?
Charlie Arglist: OK.
Vic: OK.
Charlie Arglist: Uh, you wanna take the money and not me?
Vic: You wanna take the money?
Charlie Arglist: No, I-I-I don't know. I was just...
Vic: Well, if you wanna take the money... I mean, if you think you could do a better job at guarding two-million dollars...
Charlie Arglist: No, no, no. It should be you. It should be you. It's just that we didn't discuss that.
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Performed by Charles Brown
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By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Black comedy at its best!
29 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just returned from viewing "The Ice Harvest" at a dollar movie theater, and I have to say it is one of the best movies I have seen this year. John Cusak and Billy Bob Thorton are perfect together. The film relies on slapstick comedy to deliver the laughs as opposed to lame quirky one liners which plague so many comedy movies today. Oliver Platt provides most of the comic relief, and it is great to see Randy Quaid in a new movie. The film is a perfect stab at the film noir genre. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes any of the actors, or just want a nice late night movie. More than likely, you will walk away satisfied.


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