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Thin Ice (2011)

The Convincer (original title)
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A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.

Director:

Jill Sprecher

Writers:

Jill Sprecher (as Jill A. Sprecher), Karen Sprecher (as Karen L. Sprecher)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... Mickey Prohaska
John Paul Gamoke ... Man at Coffee Shop
David Harbour ... Bob Egan
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes Jennifer Edwards-Hughes ... Sherri (as Jennifer M. Edwards)
Scott Crouch Scott Crouch ... Casino Emcee
Peter Moore ... Phil Peters
Michelle Hutchison ... Judy Vandenhoevel
James Michael Detmar ... Glen Vandenhoevel (as James Detmar)
Michael Paul Levin ... Chuck Stankel
Kathryn Lawrey Kathryn Lawrey ... Hotel Clerk
Joe Minjares Joe Minjares ... Hotel Manager
Michelle Arthur ... Karla Gruenke
Peter Thoemke ... Frank Richie
Alan Arkin ... Gorvy Hauer
Lea Thompson ... Jo Ann Prohaska
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Storyline

A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.

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Taglines:

Greetings from Kenosha, WI! Where Ordinary Folks Can Make a Killing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and brief violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Convincer See more »

Filming Locations:

Stillwater, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$183,527, 19 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$789,752, 20 May 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The violin shop featured in the film, Dahl Violins, is an actual violin shop in downtown Minneapolis. In the film, the shop is supposed to be located in Chicago. However, when Mickey and Randy break into the shop at night, the skyline which is prominently featured in the scene's initial shot is obviously Minneapolis, not Chicago. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film premiered out of competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival under its original title "The Convincer"; that version was edited by Stephen Mirrione and featured an original score by Alex Wurman and Bela Fleck. It was subsequently reedited by Lee Percy and re-scored by Jeff Danna. The new version has been retitled Thin Ice (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Rev It Up
Written by Andre Whiteman and Ross Whiteman
Performed by 'Jab Jab'
Published by Astonishing Music (BMI) / Fanciful Music Publishing (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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If this movie were free, I'd maybe recommend checking it out
10 January 2012 | by alex-freconSee all my reviews

I was a bit intrigued to see how the new, re-cut "The Convincer" would stack up to its predecessor. To be honest, I was a bit bias from the start, particularly given the title change to "Thin Ice"

Either way, this film lacks structure. I feel like that, in an attempt to make it to the 90 minute marker, it has sacrificed much of its plot. Scenes jump too quickly, and the characters are not allowed to develop as well as they were in "The Convincer". The most important thing to remember when making a suspenseful film is to allow the suspense to develop. Am I crazy to think this? Did the producers simply decide that this had to be a certain length, and then adjust the plot as such? That's how I felt while watching this film.

There is some true potential amidst all of this though - the chemistry between Alan Arkin and Greg Kinnear is only magnified by the addition of Billy Crudup, whose edgy character brings an "anything can happen" dynamic to the plot.

Unfortunately I still can't get past the jumpy editing and floundering sound track. I'm not well adversed on the business side of film, but this newer version left me disappointed. I'm going to go ahead and point my finger at Werc Werk Works. But that's just me.


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