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The Ice Harvest (2005)

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Original title: Ice Harvest, The


Release Date
• USA: Nov 25, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 28, 2006

Budget USD 16,000,000
BoxOffice: $8.8M

Official Website:
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MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity.

Running Time
1 hour, 28 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Focus Features, Bona Fide Productions

Studio Focus Features

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• The Ice Harvest (2005)



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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Comedy

Tagline: Thick Thieves. Thin Ice.

Plot: It's Christmas Eve in rainy, icebound Wichita, Kansas, and this year Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton), have just successfully embezzled $2,l47,000 from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid).

Even so, the real prize for Charlie would be the stunning Renata (Connie Nielsen), who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie's fondest Christmas wish is to slip out of town with Renata. But, as daylight fades and a storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten (Oliver Platt) to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking. For Charlie, the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with nonstop twists and turns, both on the ice and

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external linkDespite its brevity, it seems padded, with all sorts of irrelevant scenes and dead-end subplots taking up time. It's hard to figure out who the target audience is, since serviceable-yet-unremarkable B-movies rarely do much business. Next time, Ramis should work to his strengths, and film noir isn't one of them. The Ice Harvest will have melted away long before the turkey leftovers are polished off. 2.5/4


external linkWatch the trailer for the best parts of “The Ice Harvest” and then go rent “The Ref” if you really want to see a truly funny dark Christmas comedy. Although it’s advertised as a comedy, “The Ice Harvest” is anything but. What it is is a disjointed mess full of improbable situations and unpleasant characters. It's just pointless. D
--Rebecca Murray (About.com)

external link“The Ice Harvest” isn’t a film for everyone–noir fans may not appreciate the humor while those in the mood for a goofy comedy may be put off by the bleak characters and the nasty levels of violence that occasionally crop up. It isn’t even a great film but it is one that is reasonably intelligent and more than reasonably entertaining... 4/5
--Peter Sobczynski (eFilmCritic.com)

external linkLike so many films based on "outrageous" ideas, it loses steam once the novelty of it has worn off. On the other hand, it does impart some valuable information along the way on the body-storage capacity of a Mercedes. Turns out it's a lot more than you'dthink. B
--Eric D. Snider (EricDSnider.com)


 Directed by
Harold Ramis
Analyze This, Caddyshack, Bedazzled
 Written by
Richard Russo
Nobody's Fool, Twilight, Empire Falls
Robert Benton
Bonnie and Clyde, There Was a Crooked Man..., Kramer vs. Kramer
 Cast
John Cusack
Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Stand by Me
Billy Bob Thornton
Armageddon, Love Actually, Tombstone
Connie Nielsen
Gladiator, The Devil's Advocate, Rushmore
Mike Starr
Goodfellas, Dumb & Dumber, Ed Wood
Oliver Platt
A Time to Kill, Don't Say a Word, Flatliners
Lara Phillips
Road to Perdition, Kwik Stop, A Piece of Eden
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 Music By
David Kitay
Scary Movie, Ghost World, Clueless

external linkThe problem with The Ice Harvest is that as not quite a comedy, the tension underplays the humor and as not a full thriller, the humor undercuts the suspense. A fuller commitment to either genre would have improved a story, that while entertaining, eventually feels unsatisfying. 3/4
--Scott Nash (TheMovieBuffs.com)

external linkThe film's true subject is the grand comedy of entropy: the way things fall apart and the Yuletide center doesn't hold, and the way the best-laid plans of mice (Charlie) and men (Vic) can go awry when there's black ice underfoot. 3/4
--Ty Burr (Boston Globe)

external link“Bad Santa” was bad enough. This is worse. 3/10
--Tony Medley (TonyMedley.com)

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