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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


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]



Release Date:

2 May 2013 (Lebanon)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de hielo  »


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To aid her performance as the oblivious wife, Winona Ryder removed all the pages of the screenplay that didn't involve her. See more »


When the Iceman is driving to make the hit on Marty Freeman, his gloves are on/off/on between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.138 (2013) See more »


No Looking Back
Written by Antonio Beliveau
Performed by Crash Kings
Michael Beliveau - Upright Bass
Engineer - Robert Columbus
Recorded at Brick and Mortar Studios
Produced by Antonio Beliveau and Michael Beliveau
Mixed by Andrew Brohard
Mastered by Joseph Bozzi
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The Impressive True Story of a Family Man and Notorious Cold Blood Killer
24 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

In 1964, Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) dates Deborah Pellicotti (Winona Ryder) and kills a man that made an offensive comment about her during a game of pool. The violent Kuklinski works dubbing porn films but he tells to Deborah that he dubs Disney cartoons. Soon they get married and have two daughters. When his boss Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) closes the laboratory where Kuklinski works, he is invited to work as contract hit man after a test killing a homeless man. Along the years he works for Roy but he falls in disgrace when he let a teenager hooker that witnessed a killing freely go since he does not kill children. Kuklinski begins to work independently as a free-lancer irritating Roy that threatens his family and him. In 1986, Kuklinski is arrested by the police after committing more than one hundred murders.

"The Iceman" is a film with the impressive true story of a family man and notorious cold blood killer. It is impressive how a man could be a good father and husband and also a contract killer and hide this secret from his family for twenty-two years. The great cast is another plus in this great film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem de Gelo" ("The Iceman")

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