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Iceman (1984)

PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 13 April 1984 (USA)
A prehistoric Neanderthal man found frozen in ice is revived by an arctic exploration team, who then attempt to use him for their own scientific means.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Chip Proser (screenplay), John Drimmer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Dr. Stanley Shephard
Lindsay Crouse ... Dr. Diane Brady
John Lone ... Charlie
Josef Sommer ... Whitman
David Strathairn ... Dr. Singe
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Dr. Vermeil
Danny Glover ... Loomis
Amelia Hall Amelia Hall ... Mabel
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Hogan
James Tolkan ... Maynard
Stephen E. Miller ... Temp Doc
David Petersen ... Scatem Doc
Judith Berlin Judith Berlin ... E.K.G. Doc (as Judy Berlin)
Paul Batten Paul Batten ... Technician
Lovie Eli Lovie Eli ... Nurse
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Storyline

An anthropologist who is part of an arctic exploration team discovers the body of a prehistoric Neanderthal man who is subsequently resuscitated. The researcher must then decide what to do with the prehistoric man and he finds himself defending the man from those that want to dissect him in the name of science. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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An amazing unforgettable journey of humanity See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ismannen See more »

Filming Locations:

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,836,120, 15 April 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,343,032
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The age of the iceman in the film was forty thousand years. Seven years after this film was released, a real "iceman" was discovered in the Ötztal Alps in 1991. Named 'Ötzi the Iceman', the real-life iceman had pollen found in his stomach just like the iceman in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is looking upwards to the helicopter, his open mouth reveals a large number of silver fillings. Such dentistry, obviously, wouldn't have been available during the stone age. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: I, who was born to die, shall live. That the world of animals, and the world of men, may come together, I shall live. - Inuit Legend
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Crazy Credits

(opening quote) I, who was born to die Shall live. That the world of animals And the world of men May come together, I shall live. -- Inuit Legend See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psychos in Love (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Gold
(uncredited)
by Neil Young
Performed by Timothy Hutton, accompanied by John Lone
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Warming sci-fi
11 May 2003 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Unusually intelligent sci-fi, about a group of polar researchers who discover a hibernating (and slightly too human-looking) Neanderthal. The scientists (predictably) just want to cut him up, but Tim Hutton plays the lone anthropologist who befriends him and teaches him how to sing along to Neil Young. At times the film (pre-CGI) seems dated in appearance, but its strength is not to underestimate the difference between the Neanderthal's world and our own, nor his capacity to deal with it. Good to see a sci-fi film that for once is more interested in substance than surface.


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