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The Iceman Cometh (1973)

PG | | Drama | 29 October 1973 (USA)
A salesman with a sudden passion for reform has an idea to sell to his barfly buddies: throw away your pipe dreams. The drunkards, living in a flophouse above a saloon, resent the idea.

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John Frankenheimer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Hickey
Fredric March ... Harry Hope
Robert Ryan ... Larry Slade
Jeff Bridges ... Don Parritt
Bradford Dillman ... Willie Oban
Sorrell Booke ... Hugo Kalmar
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Margie
Juno Dawson ... Pearl (as Nancy Juno Dawson)
Evans Evans Evans Evans ... Cora
Martyn Green Martyn Green ... Cecil Lewis
Moses Gunn ... Joe Mott
Clifton James ... Pat McGloin
John McLiam ... Jimmy Tomorrow
Stephen Pearlman ... Chuck Morelo
Tom Pedi ... Rocky Pioggi
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Storyline

It's 1912 and the patrons of 'The Last Chance Saloon' have gathered for their evening of whiskey to contemplate their lost faith and dreams, when Hickey (Lee Marvin) arrives. Hickey is out to convince everyone that he can help them all find peace of mind by ridding them of the foolish dreams and by bringing them back to reality. Hickey is working especially hard on Larry Slade (Robert Ryan) a former anarchist who has lost his will for life and is awaiting the eventuality of death. Larry is not affected by the cajolings of Hickey but his young companion Parritt (Jeff Bridges) is strangely affected and this leads to revelations about his own mother and feelings of betrayal and loss. As the night wears on the mood changes as everyone has the their faith and dreams slowly destroyed by Hickey. As the anger builds everyone turns on Hickey about his wife and the iceman. This leads to more revelations and with Hickey having the faint questioning of his own new found convictions. Written by Dr pepper <j0468@aol.com>

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They drank and they dreamed...tomorrow they would conquer the world...then along came Hickey.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buzcu Geliyor See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original film is 239 minutes. However, a shortened version running 170 minutes surfaced. See more »

Quotes

Hugo Kalmar: The days grow hot, O Babylon! Tis *cool* beneath thy willow trees!
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Connections

Referenced in Anything But Love: The Icewoman Cometh (1990) See more »

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Is the longer version available?
9 July 1999 | by wemSee all my reviews

This is more of a question than a comment. I recently taped the 1973 film version of THE ICEMAN COMETH from the Encore cable film channel. The movie, which is excellent and highly recommended (though seeing a production of the play is even more effective), was vastly shorter (by an entire hour!) than I had remembered it being when I saw it twice back in the 70's and 80's. I am almost certain that this three hour version aired by Encore is something doctored up by the studio to offer a more palatable running time to cable channels and art houses.

My question is: does anyone know if the four hour version still exists; and if there is anyway of getting my hands on it? The many, MANY, internal cuts in the three hour version (probably unnoticeable if you're not familiar with the play or the longer version of the movie) seriously undercuts the power of O'Neill's great play.


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