The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh

DVD - 2003
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In the faded, Vermeer-like light of Harry Hope's 1912 New York skid row bar, a rag tag group of fallen men await the annual arrival of their friend Hickey. But now Hickey is sober, and he wants his drunken friends to do the same.

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Monolith
Jul 29, 2012

Larry Slade: "What's before me is that... death is a fine long sleep... and I'm damn tired. Can't come too soon for me."

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Jul 29, 2012

Harry Hope: "...B-jeez you're burglars! ...Not barkeeps... You'd steal the pennies off your dead mother's eyes..."

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Jul 29, 2012

Don Parritt: "That must be some booze." Larry Slade: "It's cyanide, cut with carbolic acid, to give it a mellow flavor." (drinks)

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Jul 29, 2012

Larry Slade: "I was born condemned to see both sides of a question... and when you're damned that way... the questions multiply until the end... They're all questions and no answers..."

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Jul 29, 2012

Larry Slade: "...As the history of the world proves, the truth has no bearing on anything. It's irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say."

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Jul 29, 2012

Hugo Kalmar (just wakes up, looks around): "...Hee hee hee hee hee... Hello little Don... Little monkey-face... DON'T BE A FOOL! BUY ME A DRINK!"

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Jul 29, 2012

Harry Hope (angrily summarizing Hickey's lengthy spiel): "...And you married her... And you caught her cheatin' with the iceman... And you croaked her. All we want is to pass out in peace, 'b-jeez!"

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COURIER3
Oct 16, 2017

I checked this out to see Lee Marvin in his younger days. Did lots of skip forwards hoping to find something interesting in the dimly lit bar. I thought when the prostitutes arrived things would pick up, but it didn't. Did not even try disc #2.

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TheSandoz
Oct 25, 2015

Good version of the Eugene O'Neil stage play- directed by John Frankenheimer ( Manchurian candidate, Ronin, Seconds )- he manages to avoid the filmed stage play- beware though it is 4 hours long- a powerful piece nonetheless.

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Monolith
Jul 29, 2012

I selected this one based on the cast, (Marvin, Ryan, Bridges), and the director, John Frankenheimer (Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, etc.). I was completely unaware of its content, or its length. ...One minute shy of four hours. FOUR. HOURS. Act one was somewhat brutal, the cast of catatonic stiffs weren't at all appealing, (duh), and I didn't think I could take four hours in the Bowery, circa 1912, with this motley crew of wretched sots and tarts, incessantly bickering with each other. But, I don't like to bail on movies, because I feel like I might've missed out on something, so I stuck it out. And it does get better. Marvin's arrival is a relief, his energy lifts some of the gloom. His performance throughout is excellent, and unlike his mostly stereotypical macho roles, as well. Robert Ryan gives a poignant rendering of a cynical, lost soul, at the end of the line, devoid of any hope. The best work I've seen from him. Affecting. 24 year old Jeff Bridges is very good... still kinda wet behind the ears, and the entire supporting cast, especially Frederic March as 'Harry Hope' (funny) is exceptional. For a bleak and lengthy stage play, it's actually quite good. It grows on you as you become familiar with the characters and the premise. TV's "Boss Hog" from "The Dukes of Hazzard" as the cackling wingnut 'Hugo' lightened things up a bit. I wouldn't recommend this to any manic-depressives, though...

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richibi
Jun 12, 2011

a bunch of drunks facing their demons, Lee Marvin is a standout, even, as Hickey, definitive, a young Jeff Bridges holds his impressive own among a cast of competent others

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