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Ice Cream Man (1995)

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Poor Gregory. After being released from the Wishing Well Sanatorium, all he wants to do is make the children happy. So Gregory reopens the old ice cream factory, and all the unappreciative brats are reprocessed into the flavor of the day.

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Paul Norman (as Norman Apstein)

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David Dobkin (original story), David Dobkin | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Howard ... Gregory Tudor
Justin Isfeld ... Johnny Spodak
Anndi McAfee ... Heather Langley
JoJo Adams JoJo Adams ... Tuna Cassera
Mikey LeBeau Mikey LeBeau ... Small Paul
Sandahl Bergman ... Marion Cassera
Andrea Evans ... Wanda
Steve Garvey Steve Garvey ... Mr. Spodak
Olivia Hussey ... Nurse Wharton
Doug Llewelyn Doug Llewelyn ... Store Manager
Lee Majors II Lee Majors II ... Detective Maldwyn
David Naughton ... Martin Cassera
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Detective Gifford
David Warner ... Reverend Langley
Zachary Benjamin Zachary Benjamin ... Roger Smith
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Poor Gregory. After being released from the Wishing Well Sanatorium, all he wants to do is make the children happy. So Gregory reopens the old ice cream factory, and all the unappreciative brats are reprocessed into the flavor of the day.

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Rated R for strong horror/terror and gore, and for a brief view of a sexual photo | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vendedor de helados See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The scenes at the sanitarium were shot at an actual abandoned sanitarium in Pasadena, California. Moreover, the Satanic drawings and graffiti were already on the walls of said abandoned sanitarium. See more »

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When the Rocketeers first go to the park, Johnny goes and stands near the swing on the left of Small Paul and then repeatedly disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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Ice Cream Man: [grabs Tuna off his bicycle and pulls him into his ice cream truck] Trolling for Tuna!
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Poor Clint Howard...
14 March 2001 | by Mr. PulseSee all my reviews

You can see that if the flick ain't directed by his brother, this is the best he can do. And sad to say, his best just doesn't cut it. "Ice Cream Man" is a very bizarre horror film, that's a real blast to watch if you're in the right mood. In the wrong mood, it has been known to cause people to lash out violently at loved ones, so please, watch with caution.

Clint Howard stars (Does anything really star Clint Howard though?) as the "evil" "psychotic" "bizarre" (Yes all in quotes, he's not quite any of these, but he's getting close) ice cream man, who tortures the local children with bomb pops that are really melty and ice cream that has chopped up humans and dogs in them. Ick.

Anyway, the plot's really just an excuse to show of the...well, the...um, well it's a plot. Oh wait, I know! It's an excuse to show off all the loser actor cameos! There's Jan Michael Vincent and Lee Majors II (The sequel?) as cops tracking the elusive man o' ice cream. And even Doug Lleyweln appears as a supermarket clerk.

Even better than that, are some of the bizarre goofs in the film. I really like the fact that for some reason, instead of hiring a fat actor to play the unhappy "fat" kid of the group, they just make this one kid wearing padding under his clothes. And the entire premise that anyone would by scoops of ice cream from a ice cream man. Who buys ice cream scoops from the ice cream man? Then there's the entire psychiatric ward scene, in which Jan Michael Vincent's acting ranges from mildly interested, to bored beyond the state of consciousness. These are the cops who also scour the Ice Cream Man's place for clues but manage to complete gloss over the ice cream truck (where, of course, the various bodies and such are kept). Oh well, better luck next time troops.

Howard himself overacts like he's making sure people two towns over can see and hear him. It's all just plain dumb. And fairly fun to laugh at in the fine tradition of The Pumaman or Gymkata. You'll have a GOOD laugh with the right sense of HUMOR. I love that one.


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