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The Ice Harvest -- 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.
The Ice Harvest -- 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.
The Ice Harvest -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Richard Russo (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
23 November 2005 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Thick Thieves. Thin Ice. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... Charlie Arglist

Billy Bob Thornton ... Vic Cavanaugh

Lara Phillips ... Rusti
Bill Noble ... Culligan
Brad Smith ... Ronny

Ned Bellamy ... Sidney

Connie Nielsen ... Renata Crest

Mike Starr ... Roy Gelles
T.J. Jagodowski ... Officer Tyler

Meghan Maureen McDonough ... Francie
Tab Baker ... Dennis
Frank Gallo ... Restaurateur

William Dick ... Manager

Oliver Platt ... Pete Van Heuten

David Pasquesi ... Councilman Williams
Laura Whyte ... Dottie

Steve King ... Stan
Caroline Gehrke ... Melissa
Justine Bentley ... Sarabeth
Max Kirsch ... Spencer (as Max Kirsh)
Shana Goodsell ... Christian Girl
Ryan Ourth ... Boyfriend
Mick Napier ... Stroke
Lindsay Porter ... Gladys
Brendan Donaldson ... Clerk

Randy Quaid ... Bill Guerrard
Shelby Hyman ... Shelby
Meredith Maresh ... Pearl (as Merideth Maresh)
Dalton J. Homer Spaulding ... Biscuit
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joseph Luis Caballero ... Bartender (uncredited)

Diane Frances Fisher ... Lounge Patron (uncredited)

Lori Ann Gerdisch ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Michael Kilcullen ... Restaurant Busboy (uncredited)

Yuri Rutman ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Michael Stailey ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Rick Touhy ... Santa Claus (uncredited)

Jenny Wade ... Cupcake (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harold Ramis 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Richard Russo (screenplay) &
Robert Benton (screenplay)

Scott Phillips (novel)

Produced by
Robert Benton .... executive producer
Albert Berger .... producer
Thomas J. Busch .... co-producer (as Thomas Busch)
Jim Fishman .... associate producer
Richard Russo .... executive producer
Laurel A. Ward .... associate producer (as Laurel Ward)
Glenn Williamson .... executive producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Kitay 
 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo 
 
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
 
Art Direction by
Gary Baugh 
 
Set Decoration by
Tricia Schneider 
 
Costume Design by
Susan Kaufmann 
 
Makeup Department
Karen Lynn Accattato .... first assistant makeup artist
Mary 'Dugan' Buono .... key hair stylist (as Mary Buono)
Chelo .... assistant hair stylist
Deborah K. Dee .... assistant hair stylist (as Deborah Dee)
Lynne K. Eagan .... hair stylist: Mr. Thornton (as Lynne Eagan)
Lynne K. Eagan .... makeup artist: Mr. Thornton (as Lynne Eagan)
Lisa Jelic .... makeup artist
Jonah Levy .... special makeup effects artist
Chip Williams .... special makeup effects artist
Denise Wynbrandt .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Thomas J. Busch .... unit production manager
Wileen Dragovan .... assistant unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Deigl .... second second assistant director
James Giovannetti Jr. .... first assistant director
Richard S. Lederer .... second assistant director (as Richard Lederer)
 
Art Department
Frank Coronado .... storyboard artist
Noreen Coyne .... art department coordinator
Katie Gajewski .... art department intern
Brad Good .... assistant property master
Kristin Hanson .... art department assistant
Michael V. Nichols .... set dresser
Troy Osman .... construction coordinator
Kerry Sanders .... set designer
Larry Szymanowski .... art stand-by
Matthew Tufano .... on-set dresser
Phillip Ellman .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... supervising adr editor (as Gina R. Alfano)
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... sound designer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Ethan Eunson-Conn .... apprentice sound editor
David Flynch .... foley editor (as Dave B. Flynch)
Jim Gaudio .... cable person
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hsu .... supervising sound editor
Barbara Issak .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Jason Johnston .... boom operator
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Tony Martinez .... adr editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Rebecca Nicolaou .... adr editor
Jacob Ribicoff .... foley supervisor
Alex Riordan .... playback operator
Lynn Sable .... assistant adr editor
Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Alexa Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Ahlfeld .... special effects assistant (as Bruce D. Ahlfeld)
Lester Bern .... special effects assistant
Raymond L. Bernadin .... special effects assistant (as Ray Bernardin)
Richard Bieschke .... special effects assistant
Guy Clayton Jr. .... special effects coordinator (as Guy Clayton)
Russell Elwell .... special effects assistant
William D. Kennedy .... assistant special effects coordinator (as Bill Kennedy)
Nick Lozzora .... special effects assistant
Mike Lubomski .... special effects
Carmine Pignataro .... special effects assistant
John J. Slove Jr. .... special effects construction coordinator
Jonah Levy .... moldmaker (uncredited)
Jonah Levy .... painter (uncredited)
Jonah Levy .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects supervisor
Kris Brockman .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Mark Chong .... technical developer: Mr. X Inc.
Rob Del Ciancio .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Bonnie Dickson .... tape operator
Sasha Dragun .... systems administrator: Mr. X Inc.
Shane Glading .... 3D artist: Mr. X Inc.
Rob Gyorgy .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services (as Rob 'Rev' Gyorgy)
Noel Hooper .... digital compositing supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Bryan Jones .... compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Jef Lonn .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Brian Lui .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Chad Malbon .... producer: Technicolor
Seth Martiniuk .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects production manager
Vladimir Popovic .... systems administrator: Mr. X Inc.
Aaron Pozzer .... 3D artist: Mr. X Inc.
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects producer
Linda Rose .... in-house accountant: Mr. X Inc.
Vicki Silva .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
David Singer .... operations Manager: Mr. X Inc.
Dev Singh .... production coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Jason Snea .... lead compositor: TCS Toronto
Aaron Weintraub .... compositing supervisor
Aaron Weintraub .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Sarah Wormsbecher .... visual effects coordinator: Technicolor
 
Stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt double
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunt truck driver
James Fierro .... stunts
Steve Fite .... stunt double
Mark Harper .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Matthew LeFevour .... stunt performer
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Chris Nolte .... stunt double: Mike Starr
Carl Paoli .... stunt double: John Cusack
Linda Perlin .... stunt double
Brian Peters .... stunts
Scott Philyaw .... stunt double: Oliver Platt
Scott Philyaw .... stunt double: Randy Quaid
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt double: Connie Nielson
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Bernstein .... epk videographer
Cortland Boyd .... key grip
Donald Carlson .... first assistant camera
Christopher M. Collar Jr. .... grip (as Chris Collar)
Jaime Dawkins .... grip
Brandan Dennehy .... camera intern
Brian DuPont .... grip
Joe Gajewski .... additional grip
Zachary Gannaway .... camera loader
Chris Glomp .... rigging gaffer
Daniel Herman .... electrical intern
Charles S. Hodes .... still photographer
Timothy Jipping .... rigging grip
Michael Kohnhorst .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Kohnhorst .... director of photography: second unit
Matthew LeCrone .... electrician
Joseph M. Lyons .... set lighting technician
Blake E. Matthys .... grip
Mark E. Matthys .... best boy grip
Jeff Mihovilovich .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Keith Pokorski .... crane operator: Technocrane
Stephanie Power .... electrician
Rick Rios .... electrician
Chris Ryerson .... dolly grip
Faires A. Sekiya .... Steadicam operator (as Faires Anderson)
Richard Sobin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Karina Teismann .... grip
Scott Thiele .... grip
Rick Thomas .... gaffer
Dan Urbain .... electrician
Mark N. Woods .... crane operator: Technocrane
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator
 
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting assistant
Sharon D. King .... extras casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Matt Miller .... casting associate: Chicago
Marvin Nelson .... extras casting
Mickie Paskal .... casting: Chicago
Jennifer Rudnicke .... casting: Chicago
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Caulfield .... key set costumer
Jennifer Jobst .... costume supervisor
Rachael Ohman .... costume production assistant
Gina Panno .... costumer
Heather Pollock .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Julie Carr .... associate editor
Jason Crump .... colorist: dailies
Adam Geiger .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Jordan Lindblad .... apprentice editor
Kellen McDowell .... post-production assistant
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Tass Filipos .... music editor (as Anastassios Filipos)
David Kitay .... orchestrator
David Kitay .... score producer
William Levine .... orchestrator (as Bill Levine)
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Jon Solomon .... assistant to music supervisor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael R. Cairo .... driver
 
Other crew
Jeff Alba .... double
Stephen Andrzejewski .... location manager
Jeremy Beiermann .... production secretary
Senica Billingsley .... location intern
Maurice Brunson .... security officer
Harold Caldwell .... payroll accountant (as Harold R. Caldwell)
Nicholas Carranza .... office production assistant
Cynthia Castillo-Hill .... accounting intern
Doug Dearth .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Mary Dehne .... stand-in
Elliott Eisman .... production office intern
Diane Frances Fisher .... double
Diane Frances Fisher .... stand-in
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post
Sean Gesell .... assistant: Mr. Ramis
P.J. Haines .... chef
Karon Hamlet .... accounting clerk
Brad Hansen .... production assistant
Dave Holstein .... production intern
Rosa Yang Kato .... assistant location manager (as Rosa Yang Kato)
Michael Kilcullen .... stand-in
Daniel Kenji Levin .... production assistant
Aurelie Levy .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Pat McCarthy .... production coordinator
Robby McCollum .... security officer
Thomas J. McDonough .... set production assistant
Heather Lynn Muth .... stand-in
Tom Nicoll .... production assistant
Sara Nudelman .... assistant: Ms. Nielsen
Noel Olken .... location assistant
Monica Perez Gelbman .... post-production accountant
Jeremy Pinkwater .... location production assistant
Adam Pray .... production assistant
Stefan Rand .... production assistant
Kim Ronstadt .... first assistant accountant
Maria C. Roxas .... location scout
John J. Sahlberg .... security officer
Nikki Scavo .... production assistant
Kristin Scott .... assistant: Mr. Thornton
Brian Chung-Hung Secrest .... security officer
Anita Showalter .... stand-in
Amy Sobin .... script supervisor
Jennifer Sokolov .... set production intern
Helen Stergiou .... accounting intern
Adrienne Swan .... production accountant
Margaret A. Thomas .... assistant production co-ordinator
Ben Urquhart .... post production executive
Mahogany Walker .... extras coordinator
Amber Waters .... production intern
William Whirity .... production intern (as Bill Whirity)
Richard Wolgemuth .... location intern
Richard Wolgemuth .... production intern
Cliff Zimowski .... location intern
Cliff Zimowski .... production office intern
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity
Runtime:
USA:92 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #39360)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Harold Ramis offered a role to Bill Murray but Murray did not return his calls.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The umbrella in Charlie's drink jumps about between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Vic:Don't you want to know where the money is?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Saw Three ShipsSee more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The Art of Moodiness, 6 January 2007
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

The Ice Harvest is attractive to two audiences, those being the film noir and/or crime fans and the people who think a movie with Cusack and Thornton directed by ex-Ghostbuster Ramis is going to be a mishap-riddled caper comedy. Unfortunately, this film's heart lies outside of the compatibility of either. It's technically not a crime film, because the story begins immediately as the crime ends, a $2 million embezzlement scheme that is never explained. Also, the film is certainly not a comedy within the ballpark of any other work by Harold Ramis. What Ramis has made is a film that is more of a dramatic exercise in cinematic mood and low-key atmosphere. The good news is that he pulls it off very well.

The Ice Harvest happens to be one of the movies I watch at Christmastime, because the film is actually so well-directed and so well-shot that it captures that constantly sought-after perfect cozy winter atmosphere on film. The events of the story occur over the course of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, all in the small and quiet town of Wichita, KA. No matter how much time it spends during the outlandish drunken bouts of Oliver Platt or the destructive tantrums of Ned Bellamy's overaggressive bartender, The Ice Harvest never breaks its meticulous feeling and image for one moment.

Even though it's not what is expected by the vast majority of those who have seen it or those who mean to, it does have impressionistic characteristics of those expectations that deliver sensationally, such as Thornton's tremendously entertaining time on screen and the thicket of distrust that ushers in over the course of the holidays succeeding his and Cusack's so-called perfect crime. However, these are purely part of the style rather than the substance. The plot is conjecture of film noir rather than the real deal, as most of the twists are nearly meant to be somewhat obvious or expected. Really, the essence of the story lies in Cusack's descent into complete detachment from any virtue in life, feeling as if he's only an observer when encountering darkly humorous yet brooding things over his Christmas.

The Ice Harvest is not really a comedy and not really a film noir. Actually, it bears no genre per se. Simply, it's a wonderful installment in the phantom subgenre of cinematic moodiness.

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