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The Iceman (2012)

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The 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 (

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Loving husband. Devoted father. Ruthless killer.


Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 May 2013 (Lebanon)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de hielo  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,939,441 (USA) (5 July 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Before production began, director Ariel Vromen shot a test scene with Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski and Michael Wincott as Robert Pronge. Shannon kept his role in the feature version, while Chris Evans was cast as Robert Pronge. See more »


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A Good Movie, But...
19 May 2013 | by (Chicago, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

The Iceman was an enjoyable movie with very good acting, but ultimately quite unrealistic.

The Iceman, Richard Kuklinski, comes off as a very sympathetic character in the end, whereas in real life he truly was a cold emotionless and sociopathic killer. His family weren't so much cherished and loved as they were possessions that were his and his alone.

Much has been learned about sociopathy by interviewing Kuklinski, but unfortunately none of this was used to shape and portray his real character in the movie. Nonetheless, the movie is worth seeing, but more as entertainment than enlightenment about Kuklinski's life of crime.

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