THE ICE HARVEST

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Release Date: November 23, 2005

Starring: John Cusack, Billy Bob
Thornton, Connie Nielsen,
Oliver Platt, and Randy Quaid

Genre: Film Noir/Black Comedy

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 88 minutes

Distributor: Focus Features

Director: Harold Ramis

Executive Producer: Richard Russo and Glenn
Williamson

Producer: Albert Berga and Ron Yerxa

Writer: Richard Russo and Robert
Benton

Address Comments To:

David Linde and James Schamus
Co-President
Focus Features/Rogue Pictures
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Content:

(HHH, AbAb, LLL, VVV, SS, NNN, AA, D, MMM) Very strong humanist worldview with strong anti-Christian content that also takes potshots at Christmas; about 120 mostly strong obscenities, 24 strong profanities, seven light profanities, two obscene gestures, men urinate, and men vomit; very strong criminal violence includes severed finger, people shot point blank, corpse with bloody bullet hole, stabbings, man drowns, fighting, man wounded in face with small buckshot from shotgun, and dancer has black eye; sex photo, discussion of adultery and fornication and nude, suggestive dancing; scenes of upper and rear female nudity, and brief shot of full female nudity from afar; alcohol use, drunkenness and drinking while driving; and, stealing, betrayal, blackmail, policeman ingratiates himself with mob lawyer, organized crime, family dysfunction.

Summary:

THE ICE HARVEST is a very seedy crime comedy about two men who steal $2.1 million from their boss, a gangster who owns a series of nude bars in Wichita Kansas. THE ICE HARVEST is well produced, but it contains a very strong humanist, materialist worldview, with strong anti-Christian content, a super-abundance of foul language, brief sexual content, and plenty of nudity.

Review:

THE ICE HARVEST is classic film noir, with a bitter edge of black comedy, but it takes place in a very seedy part of the criminal world in Wichita, Kansas: nude bars.

The movie opens with mob lawyer Charlie Arglist and bar manager Vic Cavenaugh celebrating their theft of $2.1 million from their boss, Big Bill Guerrard. Charlie and Vic will have to wait until tomorrow, however, to "get out of Dodge." An ice storm is hitting the city.

Charlie nervously hangs out at the local nude bars, but his happy attitude has not gone unnoticed. Especially by Renata, the beautiful bar manager who chafes at Big Bill's grip on her establishment.

Things become complicated when one of Bill's henchmen come looking for Charlie and Vic. Things get more complicated when Charlie's friend, Pete, who married Charlie's ex-wife, drunkenly latches onto Charlie for the evening. A night of violence and mayhem ensues.

THE ICE HARVEST is well produced. The plot twists are entertaining, and the acting is strong, including Oliver Platt who steals almost every scene where he appears. Overall, the movie succeeds better than another recent film noir comedy, KISS KISS, BANG BANG, though it's not as flashy. Like that movie, THE ICE HARVEST exudes a very strong humanist, materialistic worldview. ICE HARVEST also takes offensive potshots at the Christmas season and Christians. For example, Vic tells Charlie that only morons are nice on Christmas, and Pete says incredibly nasty, lewd things about a female bartender in a regular bar who wears a Christian symbol round her neck. Couple that element with the movie's nude dancing scenes and constant barrage of strong foul language, and THE ICE HARVEST is totally unacceptable for moral audiences.

In Brief:

IN BRIEF:

THE ICE HARVEST takes place in a very seedy part of the criminal world in Wichita, Kansas: nude bars. It opens with mob lawyer Charlie Arglist and bar manager Vic Cavenaugh celebrating their theft of $2.1 million from their boss, Big Bill Guerrard. Charlie and Vic will have to wait until tomorrow, however, to "get out of Dodge." An ice storm is hitting the city. Charlie nervously hangs out at Bill's local nude bars, but his happy attitude has not gone unnoticed. Especially by Renata, the beautiful manager of another of Bill's bars. Things become complicated when one of Bill's henchmen come looking for Charlie and Vic. Things get more complicated when Charlie's friend, Pete, who married Charlie's ex-wife, drunkenly latches onto Charlie for the evening. A night of violence and mayhem ensues.

THE ICE HARVEST is well produced. The plot twists are entertaining, and the acting is strong. The movie has a very strong humanist, materialistic worldview and takes offensive potshots at the Christmas season and Christians. Couple that element with the movie's nude dancing scenes and constant barrage of strong foul language, and THE ICE HARVEST is totally unacceptable for moral audiences