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The Ice Harvest (2005)

A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

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Rusti
Bill Noble ...
Culligan
Brad Smith ...
Ronny
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Roy Gelles
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Larceny, lust and lethal behavior. In icebound Wichita, Kansas, it's Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata. But as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking - and the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with surprises. Written by focus features

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Thick Thieves. Thin Ice. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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23 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cosecha de hielo  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,740,799 (USA) (27 November 2005)

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$8,819,059 (USA) (11 December 2005)
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Scott Phillips initially convinced himself that his novel The Ice Harvest was unadaptable. Upon reading it again, he felt that his book could indeed be adapted. See more »

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When Charlie is in the convenience store buying the toys for his children, a cooler can be seen with wine in it. Kansas only sells wine in liquor stores. See more »

Quotes

Renata: Are you in love with me, Charlie?
Charlie Arglist: I've always liked you.
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Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

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The Chipmunk Song
Written by Ross Bagdasarian
Performed by Alvin and The Chipmunks
Courtesy of Bagdasarian Productions, LLC
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Seedy, moody, and enjoyable
10 December 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Maybe this really isn't a 9 out of 10, but at the moment I'm just really enjoying The Ice Harvest. I saw it for a second time, and enjoyed it more, once I knew what to expect. I can't think of as inaccurately marketed a movie in recent years. The trailers and posters made it looked like a caper comedy, and the quotes made it sound like this year's "Bad Santa." It's neither. As others here have said, it's a straight noir. Sure, there are some hilarious moments, but the film is not a comedy. It's dark, slow, and character driven, with John Cusack exhibiting his very best wry understatement. It's his core of sweetness -- never overtly revealed, but always present -- set against the oppressive bleakness of a rainy Christmas eve in and around Wichita strip clubs and the sordid characters who meander in and out of them, that keeps the film in balance. Connie Nielsen, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Quaid, and Oliver Platt all turn in perfectly tuned performances, but Cusack, with his low-key, mesmerizing timing, is the center.

Anyway, if you're looking for a fast-moving comedy, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a black, mostly unredeeming movie with great performances and bone-dry wit, The Ice Harvest might be for you.


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