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cover: Ice Storm, The

Ice Storm, The

Director(s): Ang Lee

Theatrical Release: 1997

Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes

Genre(s): Drama, period piece, culture, Dean's List

Countries: USA

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Running Time: 114m.

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. 16-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. Mark Deming (

Member Reviews

the abject misery of the '70s by C20004656 - December 1, 2008
Even if your memory of 1973 is mercifully fuzzy, you'll recognize the accuracy of detail in this lovely, bleak film about basically decent people at their most aimless and selfish. Ang Lee gets the overwhelming ugliness of the time -- figurative and literal -- exactly right, without kitsch or camp, and the characters feel fully lived in, with histories going back long before the movie starts. For a film set at Thanksgiving, not much to warm the heart. The kids are having as little fun as the grown-ups, and the only thankful people are the relieved husband and wife paired with each other at a key party. Excellent performances and beautifully shot. The image of a severed power line snapping, sparking, and darting to earth like a dragon will stay with you a long time.