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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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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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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 and featured an original score by and . It was subsequently reedited by and re-scored by . The new version has been retitled Thin Ice (2011) See more »

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Written by 'Tim Renwick'
Published by Cavendish Music Co. Ltd. (PRS)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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What genre movie is this? I'm not sure, but watch it for the acting
18 December 2011 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

This is a flawed but still watchable film that seems to steal characters and plot from the Coen Brothers' Fargo, yet manages to succeed. At least to an extent.

The problem may be - as we were told at our cinema previewing club - that the director lost final cut here, and found herself with a movie she no longer can even comment on, with 15 minutes cut, the film re-edited, and a score she never intended - and one that doesn't work well.

The result is a somewhat uneven, too dark black comedy. Or is it a drama? Or perhaps a "caper" movie? I'm not quite sure.

When it comes to the acting, though, this is a great film. Greg Kinnear plays a character too reminiscent of Wm. H. Macy's turn in Fargo, but he makes the most of it, though - team player that he is - he's outshone by more spectacular performances. Alan Arkin, for one, who also did it to Kinnear in Little Miss Sunshine. But the "steal the show" performance is by Billy Crudup, always sexy (my wife says he's "hot") and interesting to watch, and here at his very best. Bob Balaban is spot on as a violin dealer, and the rest of the cast is excellent.

Worth seeing for many, but mostly for those performances.


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