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The Ice Storm (1997)

R | | Drama | 26 November 1997 (USA)
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut , 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

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In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad... Written by Emory Herbertson <shrikes.fox@worldnet.att.net>

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It was 1973, and the climate was changing. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality and drug use, including scenes involving children, and for language | See all certifications »

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La tormenta de hielo  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$75,183 (USA) (26 September 1997)

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$7,837,632 (USA) (6 February 1998)
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The real ice storm portrayed in the film happened December 16-17 in 1973 and was named "Felix." See more »

Goofs

After her very fumbled sexual encounter in the car parked in the driveway, Elena, in windswept heavy rain, returns to the party house to help her husband who has been violently sick in the downstairs toilet. Though she carried an opened umbrella, her ankle length coat, fully visible onscreen, should have been absolutely soaked and there should have been other evidence of the heavy rain elsewhere on the coat. It was evidently completely dry. See more »

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[first lines]
Train Conductor: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This train, originating from New York's Grand Central Station, is back in service. Next stop will be New Canaan, Connecticut. New Canaan, Connecticut next stop.
Paul Hood: [narration] In issue 141 of the Fantastic Four, published in November, 1973, Reed Richards had to use his anti-matter weapon on his own son, who Aannihilus has turn into the Human Atom Bomb. It was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four, because they weren't like other superheroes. ...
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Two-Part Invention in B-Flat Major
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Wendy Carlos
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The best film of 1997
1 September 2002 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I went to see this film with one of my friends, in a cinema I had never been to before. It was one of those rare and delightful experiences where you are the only people in the theatre. No one around to distract you. No kids munching on crisps, or couples quietly muttering sweet nothings, or idiots trying to tell the characters what to do. It was great.

The film was just brilliant. It really nearly broke my heart. Every performance is perfect. The direction by Ang Lee is deliberate and painful as he slices into you with the lives of those he makes you watch. It looks amazing, in a beautifully bleak way. It is also one the most compelling and painful movies that I have ever come across. The family life portrayed is messed up and all the relationships that are displayed are disfunctional on some level or other. But still I was forced to care for them - all of them. Such is the brilliance of the acting and the script writing.

I own this film, but I can't watch it alot. Once a year is just enough. It's to traumatic and beautiful to watch more than that.


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