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The Ice King (2018)

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THE ICE KING is the searing documentary of a lost cultural icon, a story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion. Including incredible unseen footage of some of his mort remarkable ... See full summary »


James Erskine


James Erskine





Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Fox ... Narrator (voice)
John Curry John Curry ... Self (archive footage)
Meg Streeter Lauck Meg Streeter Lauck ... Self
Heinz Wirz Heinz Wirz ... Self
Ed Mosler Ed Mosler ... Self - John Curry's sponsor (archive footage)
Christa Fassi Christa Fassi ... Self (voice)
Carlo Fassi Carlo Fassi ... Self (archive footage)
Vladimir Kovalyov Vladimir Kovalyov ... Self (archive footage)
Johnny Weir ... Self
Dick Button ... Self (voice)
Robin Cousins Robin Cousins ... Self (voice)
Nancy Streeter Nancy Streeter ... Self (voice)
Cathy Foulkes Cathy Foulkes ... Self
Lorna Brown Lorna Brown ... Self (voice)
Peter Martins ... Self (archive footage)


THE ICE KING is the searing documentary of a lost cultural icon, a story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion. Including incredible unseen footage of some of his mort remarkable performances and with access to Curry's letters, archive interviews, and interviews with his family, friends and collaborators, this is a portrait of the man who turned ice-skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Watch any figure skating and it falls into two possible camps: before and after John Curry. From what was a macho, technical sport whose judges punished deviation blossomed - through John Curry's stubborn beauty - ice-dancing. This was no Holiday on Ice, but a new artistic medium. After winning gold at the Winter Olympics for a rebelliously balletic routine, Curry saw the world's stages sheeted with ice. Audiences and reviewers alike were enthralled by his genius. But Curry's story is about more than skating. On the night of the final, Curry became the first openly gay Olympian at a ...

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The Blue Danube sequence that forms the climax had never been shown before it was included in this film. It came courtesy of Nathan Birch, the choreographer. See more »

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John Curry, ice skating tranformed upon his arrival
2 August 2019 | by apollomoonprintSee all my reviews

John Curry, transformed the world of ice skating. Cultural differences not unlike today, but more welcomed, or at least legal than the turmoil times of the late 70's thru the mid 80's.( A president who was a bigot then as well as now.) A lifetime documentary of a boy who was denied by a to stern father who denied his son ballet lessons, yet accepted the "sport" of skating on the ice. A world where John Curry used his natural born talent to break all barriers of a corrupt sport, ice skating to become an Olympic world champion, only to try & be outed by a talentless media, sound familiar? Despite these obstacles, Philanthropists recognized truly groundbreaking talent was set on a course, where John would transform that sport into new, wondrous, expressive ballet & dance moves which were stagnantly absent before.from Great Britian's top venue to the US ' Metroplitan, and beyond, Curry's catapulted our culture into the future. But for every shine of brilliance in him, there were demons.Demons of trying to find love in his orientation during a time when no one knew, and political correctedness prevented finding a cure into the world of AIDS. Being on top of a sport is a lonely place, John curry's world full explains his dispostion, and at the same time, displays for all time the importance his his work of transforming the world of ice skating for future generations with a dignified empathy of this special and unique gay man

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23 February 2018 (UK) See more »

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GBP400,000 (estimated)

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