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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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26 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La tormenta de hielo  »

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Box Office

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,183, 28 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,837,632, 8 February 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Tobey Maguire and Katie Holmes appear together again in Wonder Boys (2000). Both movies have a classroom scene where they are discussing literature. See more »

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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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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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I Can't Read
Written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels
Used by permission of Jones Music America (ASCAP)
Administered by RZO Music
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Jones Music
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Depressing as Hell and worth every consideration
3 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

The first time I viewed this film I found it boring and pointless - actually falling asleep at one point. However, it left a sliver in my brain that just wouldn't go away.

A week later I watched it again, and realized what a brilliant film this is. Not boring but subtle.

Comparisons to American Beauty are quite valid, however the approach taken by Ang Lee is quite different and very effective. This is the 'American Dream' twisted and misguided. Beautifully showing what happens - what always happens - when we lose sight of the things that really matter in our lives for the sake of instant gratification and material desires.

Depressing as hell and worth every consideration.


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