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The Iceman (2012)

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The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard Kuklinski
... Deborah Pellicotti
... Mr. Freezy
... Roy Demeo
... Josh Rosenthal
... Dino Lapron (as Danny Abeckaser)
... Mickey Scicoli
... Terry Franzo
... Anabel
Megan Sherrill ... Betsy
... Marty Freeman
... Joey Kuklinski
... Tender Bar Earl (as Hector Hank)
... Leonard Merks
... Jimmy
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Storyline

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Loving husband. Devoted father. Ruthless killer.


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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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2 May 2013 (Lebanon)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de hielo  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,946, 5 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,939,441, 7 July 2013
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Before production began, director Ariel Vromen shot a test scene with Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski and Michael Wincott as Robert Pronge. Shannon kept his role in the feature version, while Chris Evans was cast as Robert Pronge because Vromen wanted someone younger for that part. The director offered Wincott another role, but the actor wasn't happy with it and amicably refused. See more »

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The paper with the "Iceman" headline that Mr. Freezy hands to Kuklinski has a story about Roy Demeo's body being found in the trunk of his car, though he is not yet dead in the movie and in fact Kuklinski and Mr. Freezy are discussing putting a hit on him in that scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Livin' Thing
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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A great story ruined!?!? OR did we (or just me) expect too much???
20 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

I had to drive over 70miles one way to watch this movie and was it worth it? Hard to say if one watched "the iceman tapes" from HBO. To me personally it was disappointing, but I probably expected way too much. So lower your expectations and you will have a nice evening in the cinema.

Shannon is great, superb, I guess nobody could have played him better, but the editing, the storytelling is very abrupt and a bit too edgy. Its not a good fellas, its not even close to it, don't expect even a mob flick. Its an OK movie that had so much more potential. YET it is still worth watching since you don't see movies like that nowadays very often.

The potential of the story would have been an 11, this movie is a 7 with an extra point for Shannons performance. And in relevance I should mention that I would give broken city a 3.5, gangster squad a 4.5, so I guess people who watch this movie with not so high expectations will love it!

PS. No "the iceman" did NOT got his nick because he was so cold, like another reviewer wrote, but because he froze a body for two years. The officials gave him then that name. All this is well known through the "iceman tapes".


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