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The Ice Storm (1997)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 27, 1997
DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 13, 2001
 R2: 12 Feb 2001

Budget $18,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for sexuality and drug use, including scenes involving children, and for language.

Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country USA

Studio Fox Searchlight, Good Machine

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Other Titles
• The Ice Storm
• Der Eissturm (1997)

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Genre: Drama, Infidelity, Drugs, Marriage, Deception, Coming Of Age, Teenage, Period Piece

Tagline: It was 1973, and the climate was changing.

Plot: It is Thanksgiving 1973, and the Carvers and the Hoods are two prototypical suburban families seemingly living the good life in New Canaan, Connecticut. Behind their New Age philosophies and polyester fashions, however, lies deep discontent. One husband carries on an unsatisfying affair with the other family's wife, while his teenage daughter experiments sexually with both of the neighbor's boys. When a winter storm descends upon their upper middle class neighborhood, buried resentments bubble over, leading to a tragedy neither family will ever forget.

An intense, well-acted drama based on the novel by Rick Moody, THE ICE STORM is a masterly depiction of the frigid emotional life of suburbia. Great care was made to accurately re-create the fashion, philosophy, and music of the 1970s without devolving into camp. Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, and Joan Allen all excel in their roles, but it is the younger actors (Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Adam Hann-Byrd) who steal the show. For director Ang Lee, the film continues the subtle examination of family life that he began with THE WEDDING BANQUET and EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN.

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 Directed by
Ang Lee
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Hulk
 Written by
Rick Moody
As Smart As They Are: The Author Project, Confessions of a Dangerous Mime
James Schamus
Eat Drink Man Woman, Ride with the Devil, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Kevin Kline
A Fish Called Wanda, Wild Wild West, In & Out
Joan Allen
Face/Off, The Bourne Supremacy, Pleasantville
Henry Czerny
Mission: Impossible, Clear and Present Danger, The Exorcism of Emily Rose
David Krumholtz
Serenity, Ray, 10 Things I Hate About You
Tobey Maguire
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Pleasantville
Christina Ricci
Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Monster
Elijah Wood
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
 Music By
Mychael Danna
8MM, Girl, Interrupted, Johnny Mnemonic

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