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The Ice Storm

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

R In Theaters 09/27/1997 , 113min.
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Plot & Details

Set on Thanksgiving weekend of 1973, The Ice Storm looks into the lives of a wealthy Connecticut family who are calm and civil on the outside, but whose lives are quietly falling into chaos. Sixteen-year-old Paul Hood (Tobey Maguire) is home for the holidays from prep school; he'd just as soon have stayed at school, given the usual level of tension around the house and his desire to win the affections of Casey (Katie Holmes), a girl living in Manhattan. His 14-year-old sister, Wendy (Christina Ricci), is already a hardened cynic obsessed with the ongoing Watergate investigation, and she has begun acting out sexually with a neighbor boy, Mikey (Elijah Wood). Apparently, this runs in the family: Wendy's father, Ben (Kevin Kline), is having an affair with Mikey's mother, Janey (Sigourney Weaver), though Ben sees a future in the relationship and Janey does not. Elena (Joan Allen), Ben's wife, knows something is wrong with her marriage and her life, but she has no idea what she should do about it. As the teenagers surreptitiously experiment with drugs and alcohol, and the adults drift into mate-swapping, a dangerous blanket of freezing rain begins to cover New Canaan. The Ice Storm was adapted from the acclaimed novel by Rick Moody.


Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Sigourney Weaver Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay James Schamus Won

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Director [Runner-up] Ang Lee Won

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