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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 ... 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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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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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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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

Leave Our Worries
Written by Christopher A. Corley and Jon D'Agostino
Performed by Serendipity
Published by Astonishing Music (BMI) /
Music Expressions ASCAP
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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Thin Ice, Thick Story...
16 July 2012 | by Rabbit-ReviewsSee all my reviews

What I thought is going to be a black humor comedy with a twist, turned out to be something much more. First of all, as many movies before almost the entire movie is set in snow ridden Wisconsin (death trip), and I love just how that setting immediately sets the atmosphere of the flick. With two experienced leads Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, who already worked together in a similar movie Little Miss Sunshine, Thin Ice is a thriller comedy with a weird up vibe involving scams, murder and black humor. Most of all I enjoyed the character of Mickey Prohaska masterfully played by Greg Kinnear, an average shifty looking insurance salesman who finds himself in quite a pickle... Since I would like you to fully enjoy the movie, I will not bother you much with anything else in fear that I might spoil the viewing pleasure.

Mickey Prohaska is an insurance salesman looking to move from freezing Wisconsin to some sunnier state. He has a silver tongue and a well thought-out approach to his future customers. Self-confident and always in control he decides to show how it's done to his new employee by helping him lock a deal with a forgetful elderly gentlemen Gorvy Hauer. While at his house he accidentally discovers that Gorvy has a very valuable violin, that he currently uses to play fetch with his dog. And then and there the plan is born in Mickey Prohaska's head, a plan that will get him out of snowy Wisconsin but he did not realize that sometimes things go wrong, very wrong. As events unfold we see him losing control over the situation and accusations of murder, heist and embezzlement are pending... Will Mickey manage to talk his way out of this situation (and should we want him to?) is up to you to find out. Enjoy.

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