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R| 1 hr. 53 min.

Plot Summary
In the 1970s, an outwardly wholesome family begins cracking at the seams over the course of a tumultuous Thanksgiving break. Frustrated with his job, the father, Ben (Kevin Kline), seeks fulfillment by cheating on his wife, Elena (Joan Allen), with neighborhood seductress Janey (Sigourney Weaver). Their teenage daughter, Wendy (Christina Ricci), dabbles in sexual affairs too -- with Janey's son Mikey (Elijah Wood). The family's strained relations continue to tauten until an ice storm strikes.

Cast: Kevin Kline , Joan Allen , Henry Czerny , Adam Hann-Byrd , David Krumholtz , Tobey Maguire , Christina Ricci , Jamey Sheridan

Director: Ang Lee

Genres: Drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox, Fox

The Ice Storm (1997)

Release Date: September 27th, 1997|1 hr. 53 min.

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  • This emotional climax of the film, with its warring glints of despair and hope, typifies the stunning achievement of The Ice Storm and confirms Lee as a director of the first rank. show more

  • Never becomes the thoroughly satisfying psychological drama that it promises to be. There's also a problem with the central metaphor of ice -- a literary device that turns repetitive and obvious. show more

  • This time, he (Ang Lee) has Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver trudging through ice both emotional and literal -- an omnipresent metaphor but not one unduly sledgehammered. [26 September 1997, pg. 1 D} show more

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  • July 08, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Focuses on two mildly dysfunctional, but relatively well-off financially, suburban families and their relationships between and within the families, in narcissistic America. Excellent movie worthy of 4 stars, but I gave it 5 stars to counteract the under-rating of another user.

  • September 24, 2009 bikerpilotpoet
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    This movie left me asking "Who ARE these people?" Supposedly, an entire neighborhood of upper middle class suburbanites in the early seventies, these people , young and old, are so hopelessly screwed up emotionally and so totally lacking in any semblance of principles that they are completely unbelievable much less LIKABLE. On top of that the script is fraught with so many flaws....just ONE example...In one of the last scenes , a kid , who as strange as it may seem, is out playing for hours in a terrible ice storm when he gets shocked by a fallen electrical cable and is lying on the side of the highway...possibly dead or possibly just stunned...Along comes Kline ************** the kid as a neighbor and without, admisistering CPR or even checking his pulse to see if he's DEAD, simply scoops him up and takes him....not to an emergency room but HOME where he dramatically lays him at the feet of his father. The father, again witho no apparent though of dialing 911 administering CPR or even checking for a pulse simply drops on his knees and starts crying.. GIVE ME A BREAK. Again, I ask "WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE." and, more importanly, how the hell could the critics above simply overlook this movies blatant faults while apparently soul-searching for some saving graces for a bunch of morally and emotionally bankrupt characters.

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Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time. Though director Ang Lee has drawn influence from Asian cinema...

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