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Ice Harvest
     

The Ice Harvest

3.7 4
Director: Harold Ramis

Cast: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen

 

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Two men on the run from the mob end up negotiating more than their share of obstacles along the way in this comedy drama from director Harold Ramis. Vic Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton) and Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) are a pair of friends who work for Bill Gerard (Randy Quaid), a mobster with his finger in a number of illegal businesses. Vic runs a pornography

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Two men on the run from the mob end up negotiating more than their share of obstacles along the way in this comedy drama from director Harold Ramis. Vic Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton) and Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) are a pair of friends who work for Bill Gerard (Randy Quaid), a mobster with his finger in a number of illegal businesses. Vic runs a pornography distribution outfit for Bill, while Charlie is a lawyer who keeps Bill and his partners out of jail, and between them, Vic and Charlie have stolen over two million dollars in cash from Bill. On Christmas Eve, Vic and Charlie plan to make off with their money and escape Bill's clutches once and for all, but while Vic stays cool and collected, an increasingly nervous Charlie stops off at a topless bar to fortify his courage with a few drinks, and ends up causing a scene with Renata (Connie Nielsen), a dancer he's long had his eye on. It doesn't take long for word about Charlie to get back to Bill, who sends an enforcer out to track him down, but while Charlie tries to make tracks, he ends up having to look after his friend Pete (Oliver Platt), who is much more drunk than Charlie and even more inclined to make a nuisance of himself. The Ice Harvest was adapted from the novel by Scott Philips.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Self-consciously mordant in the best neo-noir tradition, The Ice Harvest sports impeccable performances by its three stars and teems with the world-weary fatalism audiences expect from films of this type. On Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas, amiably crooked attorney Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) conspires with his low-life associate Vic Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton) to cheat the local mob out of some ill-gained profits. Charlie’s hoping that a sudden cash infusion will make him more attractive to strip-club owner Renata (Connie Nielsen), with whom he’s been infatuated for some time. As might be expected, the supposedly airtight plan turns out to be riddled with holes -- and Charlie and Vic also begin thinking about double-crossing each other almost instantly. While the characters are types, writers Richard Russo and Robert Benton freshen them up with eccentricities and clever dialogue. Previously teamed in Pushing Tin, Cusack and Thornton work extraordinarily well together, and the customarily frosty Neilsen makes a perfect femme fatale. Veteran scene-stealer Oliver Platt gets some of the biggest laughs as Charlie's inebriated friend Pete. Although there’s never much doubt as to how things are going to end up, director Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) does a fine job depicting the script's more novel situations. Why The Ice Harvest didn’t make more of an impact in theaters is a mystery, because it’s one of the most genuinely engaging black comedies in years.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
UPC:
0025192629723
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Focus Features
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate endings; Outtake with Billy Bob Thornton; Cracking the Story; Beneath the Harvest; Ice Cracking: Analysis of a Scene; Audio commentary with director Harold Ramis

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Charlie Arglist
Billy Bob Thornton Vic Cavanaugh
Connie Nielsen Renata
Oliver Platt Pete Van Heuten
Randy Quaid Bill Gerard
T.J. Jagodowski Actor
Mike Starr Roy

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director
Robert Benton Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Albert Berger Producer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Thomas J. Busch Co-producer
Jim Fishman Associate Producer
James Giovannetti Asst. Director
Susan Kaufmann Costumes/Costume Designer
David Kitay Score Composer
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Lee Percy Editor
Richard Russo Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Scott D. Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Laurel Ward Associate Producer
Glenn Williamson Executive Producer
Ron Yerxa Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ice Harvest
1. The Perfect Crime (Main Titles) [4:53]
2. In Over Your Head [4:40]
3. Stick to the Plan [3:20]
4. It's Christmas [1:36]
5. Getting Paranoid [3:02]
6. Old Acquaintances [4:59]
7. No Regrets [6:42]
8. Here's to You [3:01]
9. Man Down [3:24]
10. Desires & Urges [4:16]
11. In a Jam [3:16]
12. Last Chance [2:50]
13. Trunk Space [6:48]
14. Having Doubts [2:36]
15. Done Talking [7:18]
16. Big Trouble [4:32]
17. Top Dawg [8:27]
18. Last Man Standing [4:08]
19. Mr. Nice Guy [4:08]
20. End Titles [4:14]

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3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Bob Thorton was made for the neo-noir dark comedy and the veteran Oliver Platt was made for the affable, drunk supporting role. John Cusack is unrivaled as a crispy and unsatisfied attorney for shady characters and it gets him into problems. We just love the results.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i seriously had the best time watching this movie.... it's hilarious! i love billy bob thorton and that's so true about oliver platt being a 'veteran scene-stealer'---he's essential in this film. it's very dark but in all the right ways. a new christmas classic alternative...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film lacks something. Maybe it's the fact that there's hardly any music in it, or maybe it's the fact that some scenes just fall flat. Performances from Billy Bob and Cusack notwithstanding, this movie just doesn't cut it. It's boring and feels overly long because of it, despite it's 90 minute running time. Not really recommended unless you're just a fan of the actors and want to see them together.