Thin Ice (2011)
"The Convincer" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  25 January 2011 (USA)
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A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Man at Coffee Shop
Bob Egan
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes ...
Sherri (as Jennifer M. Edwards)
Casino Emcee
Phil Peters
Judy Vandenhoevel
James Detmar ...
Glen Vandenhoevel
Chuck Stankel
Kathryn Lawrey ...
Hotel Clerk
Joe Minjares ...
Hotel Manager
Karla Gruenke
Frank Richie
Gorvy Hauer
Jo Ann Prohaska


A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.

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Greetings from Kenosha, WI! Where ordinary folks can make a killing. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and brief violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Convincer  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$183,527 (USA) (17 February 2012)


$789,752 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The violin shop featured in the film, Dahl Violins, is an actual violin shop in downtown Minneapolis. In the film, the shop is supposed to be located in Chicago. However, when Mickey and Randy break into the shop at night, the skyline which is prominently featured in the scene's initial shot is obviously Minneapolis, not Chicago. See more »


Violin Concerto no. 2 In E Major, bwv1042
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrangement by Countdown Media
Performed by the Countdown Orchestra
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User Reviews

Good movie, great acting
21 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It takes some time to get going, granted, but when it does it's good, real good. Greg Kinnear is fantastic as is Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin. It pulls you into it's eerie intensity and takes you on a bit of a ride, sometimes comical. This is listed as a comedy??? Somewhat, but more a crime drama with some comedy. I actually felt real uncomfortable with the tension created in this film and how it develops is really cool. btw -I know it was edited from the original version of "The Convincer" and people who seem close to, or fans of, the Sprecher's, knock it pretty bad. Understandably, I guess in a way , but for most of us seeing it in the newer edit, like I said it's a good movie. Jus' sayin'.

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