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The Iceman (2012)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  2 May 2013 (Lebanon)
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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:
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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is called The Iceman (2012) was because Richard Kuklinski's modus operandi in his contract killings was to freeze the body of his victims to obscure their actual time of death. See more »


When Richard meets Mr Freezy in the park, after he kills Leo, Mr Freezy gives him a newspaper with a headline that reads "THE ICEMAN MURDERS!!". There are two stories visible on the first page. One is about Roy Demeo's body having been found in the trunk of his car. If it wasn't for Mr Freezy commenting about Roy getting to them, we could've just assumed Richard had killed Roy off-screen. Also, the second story on the first page is titled "New mafia man" , but the text is about helicopters. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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References The Adventures of Tarzan (1921) See more »


Heart of Glass
Written by Debbie Harry, Chris Stein (as Christopher Stein)
Performed by Blondie
Published by Chrysalis Music (BMI)
Courtesy of EMI Music Film & TV
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A great movie and great acting
24 August 2013 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Having read and seen the documentary about The Iceman I was a little scared that they would have gone all Hollywood on it but I was pleasantly surprised.

A few details of his life were not accurate, but the movie does not focus on that anyhow. What it did do, was to show the man as what I would have imagined him as. Anyone that has seen the movie I'd recommend that you google the documentary about him. In the final scene of the movie Michael Shannon manages to catch his persona insanely well. Almost gave me the chills how well he acted in the last scene, not to say the whole movie.

Hands down one of the best depicted movies on a real world person. And if you haven't seen the documentary watch it first, it won't spoil the movie but it will give you a reference point on the man.

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