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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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 »

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In the hospital, there are visual fire alarms in the hallways. The visual fire alarms didn't appear in the buildings until 1990s under Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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References Cinderella (1950) See more »

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Like a Wolf
Performed by The Go Getters
Written by Peter Sandberg (BMI)
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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The iceman

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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