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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 had 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)  »

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El hombre de hielo  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,939,441 (USA) (5 July 2013)
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A competing version starring Mickey Rourke and based on the Phillip Carlo version of The Iceman was in development at the same time. Ultimately this version won out. See more »

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In the hospital scenes, "Cover Your Cough" posters are visible in the hallways even though that campaign did not start until the 2000's - many years after the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Olga
Performed by Los Cubaztecas
Written by Ramiro Arango
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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