The Ice Storm Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for The Ice Storm the Movie

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2.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Excellent family drama/period piece (the 1970s!) directed by Ang Lee and based on the book by Rick Moody. Kline plays a husband and father too self-absorbed to notice his marriage (to Allen) unraveling into crisis, and his children (Maguire and Ricci) mimicking the sordid behavior that surrounds them. Skillfully fuses together a frank, unsympathetic look at family psychology, while also making a comment on the social situation of the early 1970s. Flirts with being overpoweringly negative and moody, but is elevated by Lee's insight and direction. Excellent job by the entire cast, especially Weaver, frighteningly dead-on as an emotionally reckless wife and mother, and Hann-Byrd and Wood as her eerie sons.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 113 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Period Piece: 1970s, Adultery, Ethics & Morals, Family Drama, Thanksgiving
James Schamus
Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Henry Czerny, Adam Hann-Byrd, David Krumholtz, Jamey Sheridan, Maia Danzinger, Kate Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Allison Janney, Byron Jennings
Frederick Elmes
Ang Lee
Mychael Danna


British Acad. 1997: Support. Actress (Weaver).

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