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The Iceman (2012)

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The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.

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In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Loving husband. Devoted father. Ruthless killer.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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2 May 2013 (Lebanon)  »

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El hombre de hielo  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$87,946 (USA) (3 May 2013)

Gross:

$1,939,441 (USA) (5 July 2013)
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While in prison, Richard Kuklinski claimed to be responsible along with four other men for the kidnap and murder of former Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa on July 30 1975 in a restaurant parking lot in Detroit. The five-man team were allegedly given the contract on Hoffa by Tony Provenzano, a captain in the Genovese crime family. Kuklinski claimed to have been paid $40,000 for the hit. Kuklinski said that he knocked Hoffa unconscious with a blackjack and, while holding Hoffa's chin up, thrust a hunting knife into the back of his head. Hoffa's body was then allegedly placed in the trunk of a car that was then crushed and sold as scrap metal to Japanese car makers. The claims only surfaced after Kuklinski's death in March 2006 in a book by author Philip Carlo and will probably never be substantiated. See more »

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The paper with the "Iceman" headline that Mr. Freezy hands to Kuklinski has a story about Roy Demeo's body being found in the trunk of his car, though he is not yet dead in the movie and in fact Kuklinski and Mr. Freezy are discussing putting a hit on him in that scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.139 (2013) See more »

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You're What I Need the Most
Written by Homer Greencastle
Published by Source In Sync Music (ASCAP) / Engine Co 35 Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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A life of crime. Are some people genetically predisposed to crime or is it all about choices?

In this hard hitting drama, we follow the rise and fall of Richard Kuklinski played utterly convincingly by Michael Shannon. The man who terrorised many, yet he was a faithful and devoted dad and husband where the constant struggle is shown in keeping the balance between a life of crime and family harmony.

One scene I find particularly mesmerising is when he visits his brother in prison and as he is about to leaves his brother shouts that since are both born criminals they shall both end up in jail.

Kudos to the makers for conveying tension and emotion in the correct dose. My only remark would be that it kind of lost its way between being a crime drama and autobiography, however whilst it successfully is a bit of both, I sort of craved it picked a genre and dig a little deeper.


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