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Thin Ice (2011)

The Convincer (original title)
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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.



(as Jill A. Sprecher), (as Karen L. Sprecher)



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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
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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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, bwv 1042
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrangement by Countdown Media
Performed by 'Countdown Orchestra'
Published by Non-Stop Outrageous Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Non-Stop Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

What genre movie is this? I'm not sure, but watch it for the acting
18 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a flawed but still watchable film that seems to steal characters and plot from the Coen Brothers' Fargo, yet manages to succeed. At least to an extent.

The problem may be - as we were told at our cinema previewing club - that the director lost final cut here, and found herself with a movie she no longer can even comment on, with 15 minutes cut, the film re-edited, and a score she never intended - and one that doesn't work well.

The result is a somewhat uneven, too dark black comedy. Or is it a drama? Or perhaps a "caper" movie? I'm not quite sure.

When it comes to the acting, though, this is a great film. Greg Kinnear plays a character too reminiscent of Wm. H. Macy's turn in Fargo, but he makes the most of it, though - team player that he is - he's outshone by more spectacular performances. Alan Arkin, for one, who also did it to Kinnear in Little Miss Sunshine. But the "steal the show" performance is by Billy Crudup, always sexy (my wife says he's "hot") and interesting to watch, and here at his very best. Bob Balaban is spot on as a violin dealer, and the rest of the cast is excellent.

Worth seeing for many, but mostly for those performances.

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