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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.

Director:

Ariel Vromen

Writers:

Morgan Land (screenplay), Ariel Vromen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Richard Kuklinski
Winona Ryder ... Deborah Pellicotti
Chris Evans ... Mr. Freezy
Ray Liotta ... Roy Demeo
David Schwimmer ... Josh Rosenthal
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Dino Lapron (as Danny Abeckaser)
John Ventimiglia ... Mickey Scicoli
Ryan O'Nan ... Terry Franzo
McKaley Miller ... Anabel
Megan Sherrill Megan Sherrill ... Betsy
James Franco ... Marty Freeman
Stephen Dorff ... Joey Kuklinski
Hector Hugo ... Tender Bar Earl (as Hector Hank)
Robert Davi ... Leonard Merks
Zoran Radanovich ... 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.


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]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2013 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre de hielo See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Richard meets Mr Freezy in the park, after he kills Leo, Mr Freezy gives him a newspaper with a headline that reads "THE ICEMAN MURDERS!!". There are two stories visible on the first page. One is about Roy Demeo's body having been found in the trunk of his car. If it wasn't for Mr Freezy commenting about Roy getting to them, we could've just assumed Richard had killed Roy off-screen. Also, the second story on the first page is titled "New mafia man" , but the text is about helicopters. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Freezy: Mr. Kuklinski, do you have any regrets about the things you've done?
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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 Good Movie, But...
19 May 2013 | by bandito_2000See all my reviews

The Iceman was an enjoyable movie with very good acting, but ultimately quite unrealistic.

The Iceman, Richard Kuklinski, comes off as a very sympathetic character in the end, whereas in real life he truly was a cold emotionless and sociopathic killer. His family weren't so much cherished and loved as they were possessions that were his and his alone.

Much has been learned about sociopathy by interviewing Kuklinski, but unfortunately none of this was used to shape and portray his real character in the movie. Nonetheless, the movie is worth seeing, but more as entertainment than enlightenment about Kuklinski's life of crime.


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