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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 »

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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

Gross USA:

$7,343,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,343,032
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Iceman was a project linked to Director Norman Jewison for several years throughout the 1970s. It ultimately emerged under Fred Schepisi, but Jewison was still attached as Producer. See more »

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When Charlie encounters the helicopter for the 2nd time, there is no shot to show "how" he got onto the Helicopters runners or how the helicopter managed to get close enough for him to leap onto it. 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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(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 »

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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Gold
(uncredited)
by Neil Young
Performed by Timothy Hutton, accompanied by John Lone
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One of the great "science fiction" movies of the 1980s.
17 November 2009 | by rayb610See all my reviews

It's sad to read some of the "summaries" and comments here about "Iceman." Some people dismiss 1980s movies outright, and think the usually overblown, CGI dominated "science fiction" movies of the 21st century are better!?! That makes me laugh. "Iceman" is a fine, understated, thought-provoking (ooh, that might injure some viewers) movie of the first order, no matter the genre.

I like the previous comment about John Lone being unjustifiably denied an Oscar nomination for that year (1983) -- he should have not only been nominated as best supporting actor, he should have won. And I thought so at the time. (The winner was Jack Nicholson for his supporting role in "Terms of Endearment," a pleasant if lightweight performance for him.) The original screenplay; the excellent, evocative soundtrack by Bruce Smeaton, and perhaps even director Fred Schepisi should also have been nominated, though I can understand the votes for the winners in those categories.

Those who think this character is a "Neanderthal" have a problem with anthropological/archaeological logic. He is a migrating human ancestor from 40,000 years ago, primitive but quick to learn and ingenious -- yet very different from those who would be his modern descendants (though with traditional links), let alone those of us whose ancestors MUCH later migrated to North America. He led a very hard life before he was frozen and has a much different belief system.

As for the ending: Those who don't get it seem to lack a true sense of wonder and mystery ... or are more than a little dense.


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