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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny A. Abeckaser ...
Dino Lapron (as Danny Abeckaser)
Mickey Scicoli
Terry Franzo
Tender Bar Earl (as Hector Hank)
Shira Vilensky ...
Coffee Shop Waitress (as Shira Vilenski)


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.


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Franco and Benicio Del Toro were originally cast in the lead roles. Franco was replaced by Chris Evans and Del Toro was replaced by Ray Liotta. See more »


Some of vehicles travelling on the street in 1976 were not produced until 1977 or later. The vehicles are as following Chevrolet Malibu (1978), Chevrolet Impala taxicab (1977), a parked Oldsmobile Delta 88 station wagon (1977). A double-parked Ford Econoline didn't have rectangular headlamps until 1979, following a minor facelift. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.138 (2013) See more »


You're What I Need the Most
Written by Stephen Edwards
Published by Source In Sync Music (ASCAP) / Engine Co 35 Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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A great story ruined!?!? OR did we (or just me) expect too much???
20 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had to drive over 70miles one way to watch this movie and was it worth it? Hard to say if one watched "the iceman tapes" from HBO. To me personally it was disappointing, but I probably expected way too much. So lower your expectations and you will have a nice evening in the cinema.

Shannon is great, superb, I guess nobody could have played him better, but the editing, the storytelling is very abrupt and a bit too edgy. Its not a good fellas, its not even close to it, don't expect even a mob flick. Its an OK movie that had so much more potential. YET it is still worth watching since you don't see movies like that nowadays very often.

The potential of the story would have been an 11, this movie is a 7 with an extra point for Shannons performance. And in relevance I should mention that I would give broken city a 3.5, gangster squad a 4.5, so I guess people who watch this movie with not so high expectations will love it!

PS. No "the iceman" did NOT got his nick because he was so cold, like another reviewer wrote, but because he froze a body for two years. The officials gave him then that name. All this is well known through the "iceman tapes".

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