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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
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  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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The Iceman (Blu-Ray)

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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 2 2015
Format: DVD
The film is based on the true life story of hitman Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon). Richard starts out making copies of porno films for the mob when Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) recognizes his talent and turns him into a hitman. The story goes that his family didn't know anything about his hitman life, most likely made up by their attorney. It is said he killed over 100 men, although we only get the main hits. A montage of hits done to some good background music would have given us a better feel for his notoriety. One story is that Kuklinski killed Hoffa. The film avoids that controversy.

The film is gritty, but doesn't offer the action of a fictional production. Richard lived a quiet life and didn't flaunt his wealth, a simple requirement for someone to be a long term hitman. By the end of the film, you start to sympathize with the Iceman. On the negative side, I was really expecting accents from the folks in New Jersey. Winona Ryder sounded more like she was from Ohio, as did most of the cast.

Realistic film. Worth viewing as a history or as crime drama.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Brief sex and nudity.
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If you have watched any of the Richard Kuklinsky interviews and read "The Iceman" you will likely find this film to be a big disapointment.
The film follows the life of Kuklinsky starting at the approximate age of 26, and jumps ahead in blocks of 3-10 years at a time. I must point out that Shannon's performance was fantastic and the supporting cast was good but trying to tell the story of the most accomplished hitman in the history of the mafia in under 2 hours left enormous holes in the story and forced the director to leave out critical bits of information that the viewer could appreciate. If they were to release a directors cut that ran 2 1/2 hours, that would interest me.
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"The Iceman"Richard Kuklinsky played by Michael Shannon delivered one searing
performance,of one of the worlds most notorious hit-man for the Mafioso family,but
I don't know if i would like to see more of this man life of mayhem,that actually
killed over one hundred people,now to make a movie of this magnitude would not
be right,this mans life,span twenty odd years of killing,to put some of the family's through
that torture all over again,if they can Stan to watch would be down right rude and very
insensitive,this man had two beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife that cared for him
and trusted him and knew nothing of his other life,now that would hurt to the Bone,there
is some other interview that's on d.v.d with the FBI psychologist that will chill your Bone,
so in retrospect of your review [Gilbert Lesperance]that state if it was 2 1/2 hr. it would
interest you,now what would you like to see more killing seen that,or how about his interview
to get his job seen that,or maybe how he deceived his family seen that,,what else let see how
about some of the faces of the people he killed yes,Oh seen that too,oh how about the street
were he lived and every location where the murders take place,now dose that tickle your fancy,
i will say i've seen this and i will watch again just for the searing performance of M.Shannon.and for
the unrecognized David Schwimmer [Friends] can't forget Chris Evans with that long hair,as Mr.Freezy.
5.1 True HD
1.78 LB.
runtime 105 min.
Special Features.Making of Iceman.The Iceman Behind the Scenes.
Shocking.Extremely Shocking And poignant To Say The Least.
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I follow a lot of true crime and this movie was more about his family life than his role as a hitman. facts were distorted and the casting other than micheal shannon was yea I can't say that I was impressed..
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa054300c) out of 5 stars Chilling and hard-as-nails but riveting May 17 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on
"The Iceman" (2013 release; 106 min.; not to be confused with the 1984 movie "Iceman" with Timothy Hutton) brings the true-life story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious New Jersey contract killer with a double life as devoted husband and father. As the movie opens, there is a very short glimpse of a very old Kuklinksi, saying "I don't regret anything", after which we are transported back in time to 1964 when Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon) is on a date with Debbie (played by Winona Ryder). Debbie asks him what he does and he answers "I do Disney movies" (when in reality we later find out he works as a porn movie manufacturer). It is the beginning of a long double-life. Kuklinski and Debbie get married and soon have two young daughters. Meanwhile, Kuklinski gets involved in dubious dealings that lead him to become a contract killer. To tell you much more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing pleasure, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out,

Several comments: this movie (which in the end credits is shown to be based on the book of the same name, as well as the infamous "Iceman Tapes: Interviews With a Killer") is chilling and hard-as-nails, but ultimately riveting and yes, entertaining. There isn't so much surprise as to the story (since we all pretty much know how it's going to end), but in the circumstances of the story. How was Kuklinski able to have parallel lives in which his family had no idea about his "other life"? Director Ariel Vromen does a great job in giving us clues. About midway into the movie there is a pivotal scene in which we see Kuklinski visiting his younger brother, who it turns out is in jail for murdering a 12 yr. girl. When Kuklinski tells him he now has a wife and 2 daughters, his brother goes ballistic, telling him "you're no better than me, we're screwed up in the head". There is another clutch scene in the movie: Kuklinski, with his family in the car, gets involved in a fender bender, and the other driver insults/threatens his wife, which send Kuklinski over the top (I won't reveal what exactly happens).

The performances in the movie are mostly outstanding, none more so than Michael Shannon, bringing a tour-de-force as we watch him in the role of Kuklinski over a 20 year period (mid-60s to mid-80s). But I was also quite impressed by Winona Ryder, whom I hadn't seen on screen in quite a while. Her role as the clueless but devoted wife and mother is top-notch. Check out also David "Friends" Schwimmer in a smaller role as Josh (another mobster) and James Franco in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo (less than 5 min. screen time). Please note that I did not mention Ray Liotta, I mean, how many more mobster characters can the guy still bring? There was some nice music placement, we hear ELO's "Livin' Thing" during a roller-skating outing of Kuklinski and his family, and later we also get Blondie's "Heart of Glass" in a disco scene where a hit is planned.

Bottom line: this movie flew by in no time for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, more so for the performances than for anything else. There are quite a bit of violent scenes, so this is probably not for anyone faint of heart. This movie showed up this weekend on a single screen for all of Greater Cincinnati, but I must say that, given the subject matter of the movie, I was quite surprised how well attended the screening was when I saw this. If you are in the mood for something gritty and dark with outstanding performances, you cannot go wrong with this. "The Iceman" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05b8a44) out of 5 stars No One Could Make This Up May 19 2013
By Jay B. Lane - Published on
This is one of those gnarly stories based on real life; Richard Kuklinski's story has to be true, no one could make it up. In this R-rated thriller written and directed by Ariel Vromen, we see what shapes a contract killer, what is important to him and whether or not he holds any values. It's awkward for an audience when we find ourselves in a position to be rooting for a cold-blooded killer, and yet we really do NOT want to see his sweet family jeopardized, so we want him to survive.

The cast:
* Michael Shannon ("Premium Rush" and "Boardwalk Empire") is Richard Kuklinski, our contract killer; he is a limited man with limited options: no education, no charm and no skills (other than lethal ones), so he does the best he can with what he has. Shannon is one of the finest actors working today and this difficult role is worthy of him.
* Winona Ryder ("The Dilemma") is Deborah Pellicotti, the shy Catholic girl who wouldn't even do any heavy petting until she was married. Her devoted husband respected and adored her.
* Chris Evans ("What's Your Number?") is Mr. Freezy, whose ubiquitous ice cream truck moves invisibly through the city. This scraggly haired thug bears NO resemblance to "Captain America" let me tell you!
* Ray Liotta ("The Details") is Roy Demeo, a pornographer/crime lord who tested and then exploited the ice water which ran through Kuklinski's veins.

Because this takes place over a time span of nearly 20 years, you will get a kick out of the different cars, clothes, hair styles and mustaches that enjoyed passing popularity. Also, it's refreshing to see pagers and pay phones instead of the ever-present cell phones in today's world. If you are anything like me, you will appreciate "the rest of the story" which appears during the final credits. You can't like a film like this, but you can be impressed by it. Amazon will notify me when this is available.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05b8570) out of 5 stars Michael Shannon was Incredible! Sept. 19 2013
By K. Bernard - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Before seeing this movie I had read books on the Iceman and had already seen the documentaries on HBO, so when I saw this movie I knew pretty much what to expect from it. That being said, I really enjoyed the movie, however, what shook me the most was the performance by Michael Shannon. He blew me away and nailed his performance. The talent that came out of him was breathtaking. Honestly. I enjoyed seeing Wynona Ryder as his wife, she added such a sweet appearance to his home life. Ray Liotta fit perfectly. Chris Evans surprised my husband and I as we are watching the movie I am commenting how nasty (looking) his character is and my husband says he looks so familiar, then after the movie we realize it's Chris Evans (aka Captain American) and got such a kick out of it. It really was a great cast! I found the move to be very enjoyable and being based on a true story made me enjoy it even more.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03928f4) out of 5 stars I'm not asking for forgiveness and I'm not repenting May 21 2013
By Mickey Ryan - Published on
Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Stephen Dorff, and David Schwimmer like you've never seen him before, lead a first-rate cast in this dark attempt to bring the true story of Jersey City-bred mob contract killer Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski to the big screen and almost succeeds. Yeah, there's a few minor flaws here. The first mistake is one that I would consider to be debatable - using Anthony Bruno's book as a key reference instead of the late Philip Carlo's. IMO Carlo's was superior to the former. The second being a somewhat sketchy plot. For those who don't know, Kuklinski (Shannon) was a killer living in Bergen County and worked in the porn business before doing contract killings for Roy Demeo (Liotta) of a Brooklyn faction in the Gambino Family. An awesome cameo from Stephen Dorff as Richard's deranged child rapist/murderer brother Joe Kuklinski is spot-on, and Shannon's dead-on impersonation of Kuklinski's HBO interviews is chilling. Schwimmer is hilariously sleazy as Josh Rosenthal (character's real name was Chris Rosenberg, Demeo's "adopted son") Oh, and there's a terrific scene in a disco, involving John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco from Sopranos), with Blondie's 'Heart of Glass' blasting in the backround, that you have to see to believe.

3½ stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05e8e58) out of 5 stars Michael Shannon Is Astounding! March 24 2015
By Anna V. Carroll - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you know little or nothing about Richard Kuklinski, you will give the film five stars. If you are a fan of Michael Shannon, as I am, you will give it ten stars. If you know a great deal about the background of Kuklinski, DeMeo, the Westies, crime in New Jersey and NYC in the 70s onward, you will give the film two stars. Take your pick.

This film is based on Anthony Bruno's book of the same name. However, the book spotlights Agent Dominick Polifrone, who eventually took 'The Iceman' down. In the film, he is relegated to the end of the movie. There are numerous one star reviews where the commenters talk about how disjointed the film is, and how they expected more from this incredible cast. Don't blame them, blame the writers. You can only use what's written on the page. None of the men responsible for this film are Italian, old enough to have lived through La Cosa Nostra in the 50s, 60s, etc. They counted on their audience knowing little, if nothing, about the subject matter.

There are so many scenes that leave you hanging waiting for what should be the outcome of a previous scene. At the end you know there has been a contract on Roy DeMeo but the movie ends before you learn what happened to him. He was murdered. Who murdered him? There are some reports that his own crew took him out. And there are some who think Kuklinski did it. That was an ending that would have been more fitting than the one you end up with. The ending is a real let down. This film couldda been a contendah. Michael Shannon could have won the Oscar for this portrayal. He totally turned himself into Kuklinski from his look to his walk to his voice to his mannerisms. Had he been alive, I am sure 'The Iceman' would have approved.

I would like to see another group of writers, directors, producers re-make this film. Scorsese would have turned this mother out. DePalma. There was a lot missing from the film. The wife, Barbara, was this docile, naïve, needy, clingy gal. There is only one scene of violence in the home. Kuklinski gets angry about something and trashes the kitchen. They end up in each other's arms, her crying and comforting him. In real life he broke her nose three times in their marriage, sending her to the hospital. This is not shown. It is a sugar-coated version of what actually happened. Perfect marriage. Perfect kids. This movie even eliminates his son. Only the two daughters are seen. What is the reason for that? Shoddy workmanship by the writers..

In his HBO interviews, Kuklinski talks about how he murdered cats and dogs when he was a youngster. Burned cats in the building incinerator, dropped dogs off the roof to their deaths. The only scene in the film that has a cat in it is at the end when he feeds the kitty what he thinks is arsenic-laced food. He is waiting for the fluff ball to keel over in his driveway. When it saunters off on to the lawn he looks at the cat and says, "Somethin' ain't right." Ya think? Then all hell breaks loose. In the meantime, we are waiting for the DeMeo hit! Never happens.

NOTE: I saw Michael Shannon in an off-off-Broadway play when he was an unknown actor here in NYC. A friend of mine who was in the play told me about this actor she was working with. She encouraged me to see the play and then let her know what I thought of him. He blew me out of my chair and out of the theater with his power. I was speechless by the time the curtain came down. Who is this guy?! People in the audience were all asking the same question as we walked out the door and on to a Greenwich Village street. I told my friend, this guy is on his way to a stellar career. His talent is astounding. It was no surprise to me when only a few years later Michael Shannon was front and center in television, films and the stage. He WAS Richard Kuklinski.

I regret he didn't have the powerful writing to accompany his powerful performance. I wish De Palma had written it, or Scorsese. It needed a strong Italian hand with a knowledge of the history of La Cosa Nostra first-hand. Hopefully, someone will make another film on this subject matter (Kuklinski) and will incorporate the entire story. Not just odds and ends from a hit man's life.

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