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Studio 20th Century Fox
SKU 202505881
UPC 024543012252
UPC 14 00024543012252
Format DVD
Release Date 6/15/2011
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Ang Lee's main concern is a subtle examination of family life that he began with THE WEDDING BANQUET and EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN. With THE ICE STORM, Lee creates a truly American period film that is equally concerned with family relationships, set in 1970s New England. It is Thanksgiving, 1973, and the Carvers and the Hoods are two prototypical suburban families seemingly living the good life in New Canaan, Connecticut. Behind their New Age philosophies and polyester fashions, however, lies deep discontent. One husband carries on an unsatisfying affair with the other family's wife, while his teenage daughter experiments sexually with both of the neighbor's boys. When a winter storm descends upon their upper middle class neighborhood, buried resentments bubble over, leading to a tragedy neither family will ever forget. ^An intense, well-acted drama based on the novel by Rick Moody, THE ICE STORM is a masterly depiction of the frigid emotional life of suburbia. Great care was taken to accurately recreate the fashion, philosophy, and music of the 1970s without devolving into camp. Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, and Joan Allen all excel in their roles, but it is the younger actors (Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Adam Hann-Byrd) who steal the show.
Plot Summary
Summary As a frigid winter storm descends upon the upper-middle-class Elysium of 1970s New Canaan, Connecticut, during Thanksgiving weekend, the climate within each immaculate home is equally chilly.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "It was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four because they weren't like other superheroes. They were more like a family. And the more power they had, the more harm they could do to each other without even knowing it. That was the meaning of the Fantastic Four, that a family is like your own personal antimatter."--Paul Hood (Tobey Maguire) in reflection
Quote "Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday. And for all the material possessions we have and enjoy. And for letting us white people kill all the Indians and steal their tribal lands. And stuff ourselves like pigs, even though children in Asia are being napalmed."--Wendy Hood (Christina Ricci)|"Jesus! Enough, all right? Paul...roll?"--Ben Hood (Kevin Kline)
Quote "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."--Wendy to Sandy Carver (Adam Hann-Byrd)
Quote "Ben, you're boring me. I have a husband. I don't need another one."--Janey Carver (Sigourney Weaver) to Ben
Quote "It's like when they say two squared? You think it means two times two equal four, but really they really mean a square. It's really space. It's not numbers, it's space. And it's perfect space. But only in your head. Because you can't draw a perfect square in the material world. But in your mind you can have perfect space."--Mikey Carver (Elijah Wood) to his brother Sandy
Quote "So the next time you're in the bathroom after someone else has been there, remember what kind of molecules you are in fact eating."--Mikey, reciting his paper on molecules to his class
Sight and Sound "...Perfectly conceived....THE ICE STORM is cinema at is most immaculate..." 02/01/1998 p.42
USA Today "...A jewel....A methodically constructed social satire of suburban boredom..." 09/26/1997 p.1D
Chicago Bulletin "...The film is often satirical and frequently very funny, and quietly observant in its performances..." 10/17/1997 p.37
Entertainment Weekly "Kevin Kline is heartbreaking....Lee's self-help suburban hedonists try and fail to make sense of a world that's changing too fast..." -- Grade: A- 03/21/2008 p.48
Wall Street Journal "Ang Lee's elegant, shattering adaptation of the Rick Moody novel....The big chill is hardly reserved for the outdoors." 08/28/2009
Ang Lee
Joan Allen
Kevin Kline
Sigourney Weaver
Tobey Maguire
Cast & Crew
Joan Allen - Star
Michael Cumpsty - Star
Kevin Kline - Star
Christina Ricci - Star
Katie Holmes - Star
Henry Czerny - Star
Jamey Sheridan - Star
David Krumholtz - Star
Sigourney Weaver - Star
Elijah Wood - Star
Courtney Peldon - Star
Adam Hann-Byrd - Star
Allison Janney - Star
Tobey Maguire - Star
Mychael Danna - Composer
James Schamus - Screenwriter
Ted Hope - Producer
Ang Lee - Producer
Mark Friedberg - Production Designer
Carol Oditz - Costume Designer
James Schamus - Producer
Tim Squyres - Editor
Frederick Elmes - Director of Photography
Ang Lee - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 2001225
UPC 00024543012252
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Weaver,Sigourney
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD

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