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The Iceman -- 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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Release Date:
2 May 2013 (Lebanon) See more »
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Loving husband. Devoted father. Ruthless killer.
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A massive, formulaic disappointment, with a towering performance from Michael Shannon See more (117 total) »

Cast

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Michael Shannon ... Richard Kuklinski

Winona Ryder ... Deborah Pellicotti

Chris Evans ... Mr. Freezy

Ray Liotta ... Roy Demeo

David Schwimmer ... Josh Rosenthal

Robert Davi ... Leonard Marks

Danny A. Abeckaser ... Dino Lapron

John Ventimiglia ... Mickey Scicoli

Ryan O'Nan ... Terry Franzo

McKaley Miller ... Anabel

James Franco ... Marty Freeman
Megan Sherrill ... Betsy

Stephen Dorff ... Joey Kuklinski

Hector Hank ... Tender Bar Earl

Zoran Radanovich ... Jimmy

Shira Vilensky ... Coffee Shop Waitress

Kelly Lind ... Hospital Nurse

John P. Fertitta ... Uncle Bill (as John Fertitta)

Erin Cummings ... Ellen

Jimmy Lee Jr. ... Homeless Man

Johnny Martin ... Mareilli

Nick Gomez ... Alvaro

Vincent Fuentes ... JC

Brian Kinney ... Slick BMW Guy

Ashlynn Ross ... Alex

Weronika Rosati ... Livi

Christa Campbell ... Adele

Alexandra Doke ... Park Little Girl

Bill Martin Williams ... Club Maitre D'

Lindsay Clift ... Club USA Dance Partner

Katarzyna Wolejnio ... Romy

Jay Giannone ... Dominick Provenzano
Freddy Bosche ... Detective Beaumont

Tim Bell ... Cop

Garrett Kruithof ... Stanley Kuklinski

Ray Gaspard ... Dennis
Juan Michael Konshuk-Mas ... Mr. Freezy's Son

Ehud Bleiberg ... Trial Judge

Jonathan Vender ... Trial Judge (voice)

Tommy Alastra ... Documentary Interviewer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carl Bailey ... Mob Driver (uncredited)

Joseph Blackstone ... Frozen body (uncredited)
Johnnie Brannon ... Skate Patron (uncredited)

Gavin Casalegno ... Roller Skater (uncredited)

Laurie Cummings ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
Michael P Gardner ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)

A. Michelle Harleston ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
Michael Hollandsworth ... Courtroom Member (uncredited)

Steve Jimenez ... Taxi Driver / Club Patron / Bar Patron / Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Richard Allan Jones ... Movie Theater Patron (uncredited)

Carson Kimball ... Marty's son (uncredited)

Marjorie Ocho Kouns ... Aunt Rochelle (uncredited)

Caden Large ... Boy on Bike in Park (uncredited)

Joy Leigh ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Daniel J. Maher ... Arresting Detective (uncredited)

Téa Mckay ... Roller skater (uncredited)

Allen Merritt ... Porn Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Catherine Kim Poon ... Club Goer (uncredited)

Juliet Reeves ... Girl At Bar (uncredited)
Parker Stalford ... Roller Skater (uncredited)
Katheryn Swann ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Christian Walker ... Drunk Guy (uncredited)
Morgan Jaye Williams ... Club Goer (uncredited)

Jonathan Yunger ... Porn Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ariel Vromen 
 
Writing credits
Morgan Land (screenplay) and
Ariel Vromen (screenplay)

Anthony Bruno (book "The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer")

Jim Thebaut (documentary "The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer") (as James Thebaut)

Produced by
René Besson .... executive producer
Ehud Bleiberg .... producer
Boaz Davidson .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Nicholas Donnermeyer .... associate producer
Lati Grobman .... executive producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Juan A. Mas .... co-producer
Laura Rister .... executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
Ariel Vromen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Haim Mazar 
 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski 
 
Film Editing by
Danny Rafic 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Nathan Amondson 
 
Art Direction by
Zach Bangma 
William Budge 
 
Set Decoration by
Teresa Visinare 
 
Costume Design by
Donna Zakowska 
 
Makeup Department
Merav Adler .... assistant makeup artist
Martin Astles .... key special makeup effects artist
Troy Breeding .... makeup department head
Robin K. Byrd .... additional makeup artist
Joe Colwell .... key special makeup effects artist
Joe Colwell .... shop supervisor
Mike Colwell .... mold maker
Karri Farris .... key makeup artist
LaToya Henderson .... additional makeup artist (as LaToya Anderson)
Tim Jarvis .... life casting
Nicole Michaud .... wig maker
Bart Mixon .... special makeup effects artist
Kelly Nelson .... hair department head (as Kellye Nelson)
Crystal Ro .... special makeup effects project coordinator: Burbank
Karmann Swank .... additional hair stylist
Cynthia Teddlie .... additional hair stylist
Todd Tucker .... on-set special effects makeup artist
Adam Walls .... special makeup effects project coordinator: Louisiana
Chad Washam .... mold maker
Crystal Woodford .... key hair stylist
Andrea Bowman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Shannon Banal .... production executive: Bleiberg Entertainment
Todd Gilbert .... executive in charge of post-production
Melanie Kollar .... production executive: Bleiberg Entertainment
Juan A. Mas .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott August .... second assistant director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Johnny Martin .... second unit director
Sebastian Mazzola .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Kenneth Brown .... construction coordinator
Alessandro Chimento .... art department coordinator
Matthew L. Crowson .... set dresser
Tim DeWayne .... set dresser (as Timothy Antwine)
Stephen P. Durante .... leadman
Kate Forry Guanci .... assistant property master (as Kate D. Forry)
Shelby Gillen .... set dec buyer
Charles Guanci Jr. .... property master
J.D. Jacoby .... set dresser
Phillip Joffrion .... set dresser
Joey Kent .... set dresser
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Michael Mikita Jr. .... paint supervisor
Slaid Parker .... set dresser
Jared Pendergrass .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ryan Briley .... assistant sound editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Dick Hansen .... production sound mixer
Angela Hemingway .... dialogue editor
Bill Higley .... adr mixer: New York
Chad J. Hughes .... supervising sound editor
Steven Iba .... supervising sound editor
Manuel Jimenez .... recording engineer
Robert Maxfield .... boom operator
Steve Papagiannis .... sound effects editor
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Spencer Schwieterman .... foley editor
Spencer Schwieterman .... foley mixer
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Lynch .... special effects coordinator
Seth William Meier .... special effects line producer
Richard E. Perry .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Aponte .... visual effects artist
Bradley M. Baxter .... visual effects artist
Angelina Borisowa .... vfx editor
Maria Boyuklieva .... digital compositor
Aaron T. Brown .... visual effects artist
Dwight Carter .... 3D artist
Scott Castellano .... visual effects artist
Chris M. Cooper .... digital compositor
Chris M. Cooper .... vfx on-set coordinator
Isabel Copellar .... digital compositor (as Isabel Thomas)
Scott Coulter .... visual effects producer
Ivelina Dobreva .... digital compositor
Mike Durin .... visual effects artist
Dusty Emerson .... visual effects artist
Hristo Gebrev .... visual effects coordinator
Sofia Gesheva-Aleksieva .... digital compositor
James Going .... visual effects artist
Bradley Greer .... digital intermediate colorist
Nathan Grubbs .... lead artist
Errol Hanse .... visual effects artist
Jack Hebert .... visual effects artist
Justin Horton .... visual effects artist
Travis Howe .... visual effects coordinator
Matthew S. Jennings .... quality control lead
Delyan Ketipov .... lead compositing artist
Kalin Krumov .... digital compositor
Kevin Langley .... visual effects artist
Ryan Littlefield .... visual effects artist
Anthony Marigliano .... visual effects artist
Ivailo Marinov .... digital compositor
Ryan Markley .... 3D lead artist
Svetoslav Mitev .... visual effects coordinator
Visherryl Morgan .... digital compositor
Esteban Olide .... visual effects artist
Nikolay Pachov .... visual effects editor
Kyoung Kay Park .... 3D generalist
Nick Peshunoff .... vfx coordinators and qc supervisor
Dee Anne Phillips .... visual effects editor
Michael E. Phillips .... digital intermediate conform
Stephen H. Porter .... visual effects project manager
Kaleb Prichard .... visual effects artist
Amy Putrynski .... visual effects artist
Andrew Sagar .... compositing supervisor
Dustin Scholl .... on-set visual effects coordinator
Patrick Schultz .... visual effects artist
Ivailo Slavov .... matchmove artist
Stoimen Stoyanov .... digital compositor
William Tatum III .... visual effects artist
Dimitrina Torneva .... visual effects
Anton Tsolov .... visual effects artist
Eric A. Tuxen .... visual effects supervisor
Juvenal Vique .... visual effects artist
Trent Wiker .... compositor
Radoslav Yanudov .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Michael Wayne Adams .... stunt driver (as Mike Adams)
Stanton Barrett .... stunt double
Tim Bell .... stunt driver
Jeff Brockton .... Stunt Double: Chris Evans
Amy Davis .... stunt performer
Lex D. Geddings .... stunt driver
Rick LaCour .... stunt driver
Johnny Martin .... stunt coordinator
Víctor Quintero .... stunt performer
Tracy E. Thomas .... stunt double: Michael Shannon
David Lee Valle .... precision driver
Mark Yawn .... precision driver
Jeff Milburn .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Burke .... first assistant camera
David Chameides .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Andrew Jason Clark .... grip
Bryan Delorenzo .... first assistant camera: additional camera, day player
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer
Peter N. Green .... first assistant camera
Gary Harvill .... lighting technician
Brad Heiner .... key grip
Brooke Jagneaux .... second assistant camera
Jamie Moreno .... best boy electric
Jamie Moreno .... gaffer: re-shoots
Allen Parks .... gaffer
Max Patrucco .... grip
Derek A. Schwebel .... video assist
David Stragmeister .... additional photographer
David Stragmeister .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Stragmeister .... director of photography: second unit
Michael Stumpf .... Steadicam operator
Michael Stumpf .... camera operator: "a" camera
Todd Thompson .... grip
Travis Williams .... grip
 
Casting Department
Andrei Constantinescu .... extras casting director
Elizabeth Coulon .... casting director: Louisiana
Rich Delia .... casting associate
Candi Lei .... casting assistant: Louisiana
Adam Richards .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ashley M. Clark .... costumer
Lynne Maureen Curtis .... wardrobe supervisor
Hannah Gates .... set costumer
Frances LeCompte .... seamstress
Frances LeCompte .... tailor
Erika Lilienthal .... assistant costume designer
Jessica Mauricio .... costume production assistant
Hollie Nadel .... key costumer: New York
Jane Ryder .... seamstress
Rachel A. Walker .... key set costumer
Rodney Williamson .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Eva Contis .... first assistant editor
Phil Fowler .... assistant editor
Brian Hayashi .... post-production coordinator
Matt Willard .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Selena Arizanovic .... music supervisor
Ted Blaisdell .... score mixed by
Alexis Grapsas .... orchestrator
Cassandra Howland .... music coordinator
Manuel Jimenez .... solo recordist
Roger Kosteck .... assistant music editor
Vitek Kral .... scoring engineer
Thomas Parisch .... orchestrator
Brian Richards .... music editor
Mark Skillingberg .... music editor
Laurent Ziliani .... additional orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Skip Barbay .... transportation co-captain
Donald Bradley .... driver
Annette Chambers .... driver: cast
Dennis W. Cook Jr. .... picture car coordinator
Joey Crumpton .... driver: cast
Bart Figueiredo .... driver: grip trailer
Paul Bart Figueiredo .... driver
Jared Foshee .... driver
Philip D. Frost .... driver
Connie Herring .... dot dispatcher
Rodney Jackson .... driver
David Jennings .... driver
Buddy Loflin .... driver
Todd Martinez .... driver: honeywagon
Gary McClain .... production van driver
John McLaughlin .... transportation coordinator
Ken Moon .... driver
Aaron D. Moore .... driver
Joe Pelliccio .... picture car mechanic
Jack Prince .... camera car driver
Dustin Viola .... driver
Robert Watts .... driver
Daniel Woodcock .... driver
Dave Woodcock .... driver
James Yeates .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Veronica Balassa .... production accountant: Bleiberg Entertainment
Will Barron .... stand-in: Mr. Liotta
Shannon Blaney .... production assistant: NY
Gregory S. Carr .... key set production assistant
Jennifer Carriere .... script supervisor
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Conor Charles .... archival footage researcher (as Conor Charles Gass)
Richard Connors .... location scout
Brian Coon .... intern
Stephen Cox .... assistant to Ehud Bleiberg
Stephen Cox .... assistant to producer
Amy Davis .... production coordinator
Christopher Dickerson .... additional production assistant
Annie Domingo .... accounting: Millennium Films, No Image Inc.
Kaitlyn Dumolt .... stand-in
Rick Eyler .... director business and legal affairs
Nicole Flowers .... first assistant accountant
Eric Green .... marketing and publicity
Jeffrey Greenstein .... executive assistant to Avi Lerner
Jimmy Hang .... unit production assistant: New York unit
Allen Harris .... production secretary
Christian Juneau .... assistant production coordinator
Kari J. Kramer .... stand-in
Sean Lynn .... chef
Maeve Mannion .... production accountant
Jing Marshall .... production assistant: additional unit
JaLynn Martin .... stand-in
Diego J. Martinez .... production executive
Patrick McBride .... office production assistant
Mark Micucci .... post production accountant
Ryan Needham .... assistant: Michael Shannon
Sarah Ogletree .... making-of editor
Ashley Gwen Patrick .... set production assistant
F. Stanley Pearse Jr. .... location manager
Cody Pottkotter .... stand-in
Susan Pusateri .... production executive
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Keith W. Rodriguez .... additional production assistant: re-shoot
Rebecca Rogers .... set production assistant
Tina Rosen .... senior v.p. finance
Scott Schaffer .... product placement
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Tara N. Talley-Brown .... key assistant location manager
Ray Tamayo .... senior staff accountant
Tanya Thanadpojanamart .... distribution services
Michelle Tonjes .... stand-in
Amy Vaughan .... dancer
Jonathan Vender .... assistant to Ariel Vromen
Adam Walls .... project coordinator: Illusion Industries Louisiana
Greg Washington .... set medic
Stephen Waters .... utility stand-in
Courtney Shay Young .... photo double: Ashlynn Ross
Jonathan Yunger .... assistant to mr. lerner
Anthony Yuse .... accounting clerk
 
Thanks
Deborah Aquila .... special thanks
Jay Baker .... special thanks
Olga Benenson .... special thanks
Tiffany Boyle .... special thanks
Gerard Butler .... special thanks
Olga Fonda .... special thanks
Marion Forster-Bleiberg .... very special thanks
Beth Holden-Garland .... special thanks
Josh Lieberman .... special thanks
Stuart Manashil .... special thanks
Alex Mebed .... special thanks
Per Melita .... special thanks
Alex Menache .... special thanks
Steve Mirkovich .... special thanks
Guy Moshe .... special thanks
Edna Naftaly .... special thanks
Robert Nau .... special thanks
Robert Ortiz .... special thanks
Dominick Polifrone .... special thanks
Seth Resnik .... very special thanks
Dror Shaul .... special thanks
Leslie Siebert .... special thanks
Scott Steindorff .... special thanks
Mick Sullivan .... special thanks
Jim Toth .... special thanks
Kevin Volchok .... special thanks
David Weisberg .... special thanks
Byron Wetzel .... special thanks
Jack Whigham .... special thanks
Michael Wincott .... special thanks
Boaz Yakin .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content
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106 min
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Trivia:
Even though Richard Kuklinski's character is called "Polack" throughout the film, his mother, Anna McNally, was the daughter of Irish immigrants from Dublin.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Mr. Freezy:I only feel alone around other people. Couldn't be truer.See more »
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27 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A massive, formulaic disappointment, with a towering performance from Michael Shannon, 24 August 2013
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Having developed a morbid fascination with serial killers over the past few years, I was delighted to hear that Richard Kuklinski, one of the most prolific and emotionless mass murderers in history, was to be given the cinematic treatment. Not only was his story ripe for a juicy adaptation, but Michael Shannon, the most consistently mesmerising actor working in film today, was cast as the titular Iceman. Sadly, inexperienced director Ariel Vromen, who up to this point had only made two films I've never heard of, has delivered a by-the-numbers biopic; one that follows familiar genre conventions and whitewashes Kuklinski's story completely in favour of a formula that a mainstream audience can comfortably follow.

After being impressed by his towering frame and generally intimidating nature, mob boss Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta), who is in the employ of the Gambino crime family, takes the young Richard Kuklinski under his wing. To get a feel for him, DeMeo tells Kuklinski to kill at tramp in broad daylight, to which Kuklinski coldly obeys . Soon enough, Kuklinski is carrying out mob hits for DeMeo, while telling his clueless wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) that he is in finance. He meets fellow contract killer Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Prongay (Chris Evans), who teaches Kuklinski the benefits of using cyanide to carry out the murders, and then freezing the bodies to rule out a time of death. But with DeMeo coming under pressure from his boss Leonard Marks (Robert Davi) for a drug deal gone wrong, Kuklinki finds himself and his family under threat.

What might have been a fascinating insight into the inner workings of a sociopath, The Iceman is nothing more than your standard straight-to-DVD mobster movie. Completely ignoring Kuklinski's natural instinct for murder (he was a serial killer long before the mob approached him) and his reputation as a merciless and cruel man, beating and killing men for the slightest of reasons, Vromen even adds a family angle that is completely untrue. To give the lead character a bit of recognisable humanity, here he is portrayed as a loving family man, dedicated to his wife and kids as the mob close around him. In fact, in real life Kuklinski was an aggressive wife-beater; a tyrannical king of the household who regularly committed acts of physical and mental abuse on his family.

Artistic license is a right that every film-maker has when conducting a biopic, but when there's a complex and fascinating story to tell, however dubious some of Kuklinski's claims are (he claims to be responsible for the murder of Jimmy Hoffa), then why make such drastic changes if all you're doing is making your subject the same character seen a thousand times before? Shannon deserves better than that, and his unnerving performance is one of the few saving graces here, but his character is reduced to nothing more than a standard mobster, seduced by the lifestyle and cutting himself off from regular life. He was a cruel, savage monster, who disposed of some of his victims by having them eaten alive by rats (or so he claims), or in one incident, he allowed his victim time to pray to God to see if he would answer his prayers, before killing him (this scene is played out in the film with James Franco as the victim).

Plot strands veer off path and are offered no resolution, making them completely redundant. Some are intriguing, such as Stephen Dorff's appearance as Kuklinski's imprisoned paedophile brother, who hints at Kuklinski's dark childhood and abuse. Others are not, such as DeMeo's right-hand man Josh Rosenthal (David Schwimmer) who is given more screen time than necessary, only for the story to fizzle out into absolutely nothing, as does DeMeo himself. Given a longer running time, a more experienced director, and ultimately more commitment to the source material (various books and recordings exist of Kukinski, the most popular being Philip Carlo's book The Iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Contratc Killer and the TV movie The Iceman Tapes), this could have been highly engrossing cinema, instead it's a crushing disappointment, saved only by Shannon's imposing performance.

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