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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:
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.


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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?


Apart from a 15 second flashback, the film makes virtually no mention of the awful childhood that Richard Kuklinski endured. His parents were both deeply violent people, with his father actually accidentally beating his older brother to death. In real life, this played out into Kuklinski becoming a very violent person himself. The film completely glosses over the fact that he regularly beat his own wife. See more »


Early in the movie when Kulkinski is sitting in the back seat of Leo's "new" Buick Electra 225, the headliner and C-pillar lining is loose, ill fitted and wrinkled. See more »


[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 »


Road Kill
Performed by The Go Getters
Written by Peter Sandberg (BMI)
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Now this is good acting...
31 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Michael Shannon should get at least an Academy Award for his performance in this movie. This guy can act and you lose the person and totally see the characters he portrays. Reminds me of Daniel Day Lewis.

Anyway, I had never heard of this Kuklinsky person and it was interesting to see his story. The multiplicity of his lifestyle had to be a killer (no pun intended) to live out. I don't know of many actors who could go from one to the other so effortlessly. From cold-hearted killer to nice person to ragging man to loving husband and father. Michael Shannon can do this well. And those subtle expressions of his! They're great. Icy. Kind. Murderous.

I'm not a fan of Winona Ryder but I liked her portrayal of the Mrs. in this movie. She was believable and really had the suffering wife thing down.

While leaving the movie I ran into a gentleman who had watched the actual documentary of Kuklinsky's life and he said the movie was a good portrayal of the facts. That is a good thing to hear because this kind of story like lends itself to Hollywood sensationalism. And while some of that may have happened, it was a good movie about a bad man. Did I feel sorry for Kuklinsky at the end? Yes...well actually it was pity that I felt.

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