The Ice Harvest

6.21 h 29 min2005R
HD. Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas, is the setting as two crooks pull off a major embezzling scheme that quickly starts to unravel.
Harold Ramis
John CusackBilly Bob ThorntonConnie Nielsen
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Randy QuaidOliver Platt
Ex Robert BentonThomas BuschAss-p: Laurel WardRobert BentonAlbert BergerThomas J. BuschJim FishmanRichard RussoLaurel A. WardGlenn WilliamsonRon Yerxa
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James Michael DenigReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not for everyone. Bluray way overpriced. Hidden Gem put it on at midnight with a glass of wine.
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This is an interesting one, always liked it and in a different vain then most of Harold Ramis movies little darker, mabey too dark in parts. Surprised they released it on bluray and its an upgrade but only u can decide if this is worth 25 dollars when it should be 9.00. Its a slow melancholy burn that's suited for a spin at the wee hours of the morning for sure. Its not an overly long movie at around an 1.5 hrs but its pacing is slow and if your attention span wanders and you yearn for action or tons of comedy subtract two stars or more. Oliver Pratt is funny in a part many people will miss the meaning on and feel its just filler but he is another disillusioned lost soul. John Cusack is great as Charlie in a subdued manner. Bill Bob and John have great chemistry when on screen together Connie Nielson is understated as Renata and many will feel the chemistry is off between her and John though I believe that may have been the intention as nothing works out as planned in any of the characters actions in the film. The last act is dark and is the only part that feels excessively violent as I felt the cops graphic death was unneeded and didn't advance the films narrative at all. Its a gloomy Christmas tale set in a frostbitten witchita filled with unhappy people chasing things that don't make them happier and create a lot of suffering for those around them intended or not. I wouldn't call it a comedy nor a thriller but has elements of both and if the last act had just toned the violence down by about 15 percent I really would have enjoyed it for the setting and miserable memorable characters that much more. If you like gloom, a great setting sad broken characters with great performances give it 3-4 stars if not 2 stars is accurate. Don't expect another GroundHog day (A great Ramis Film by the way) going in and you may enjoy this hidden Gem.
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The-Big-BadReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great, funny holiday film noir
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The Ice Harvest is my favorite Xmas movie. That should tell you how I feel about the holidays. Getting this film on Blu-Ray (finally) for Xmas 2018 was a great gift for myself. The Ice Harvest is the story of two Kansas mob guys--a lawyer (John Cusack) and a massage parlor owner (Billy Bob Thornton)--stealing from their brutal boss (Randy Quaid) on Xmas Eve. The problem? Both the weather and the mob are trying to keep them from leaving Wichita alive. The third part of their team is a sexy female strip club owner (Connie Nielsen). Who her loyalties align with is up for debate. And the lawyer's best pal, a drunk who married the lawyer's ex-wife, (Oliver Platt) gets involved to further complicate matters. This is definitely more of a modern film noir than a holiday film, but there's a fun juxtaposition of holiday iconography and music with the seedy, violent goings-on in The Ice Harvest.
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Stephen J. BooneReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining And Well Done
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I'm a fan of multiple actors who are in this film, so I really enjoyed it. As a pro in the audio/video industry, I appreciated its directing, cinematography, sound editing and more. I really enjoyed this film and bet you will too.
Michael J. GreenerReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dunno why so many bad reviews ... maybe it's me?
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I kept seeing bits and pieces of Ice Harvest on cable, but never go to catch it from beginning to end. So, I bought the DVD. This may not be the best movie ever hatched, but I like it overall. Cusack is well cast as the sort of dopey mob lawyer ... Wow, that guy can drink! Cusack would be one of my all-time favorite actors if his politics didn't suck so bad (or if he'd just shut up about it). Oliver Platt ... nobody can not like Platt, always over the top, always watchable ... he's the go-to guy when the script calls for a drunk. Billy-Bob, not so great in this flick, kinda slept through it. Randy Quaid .. great job in a small part, playing the baddie. Connie ... great legs, good actress, sexy. Come on folks, lighten up. This ain't Casablanca, but it's worth a watch.
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jmsatcReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun film with John Cusack, noir genre
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Blu ray disc of good quality: video and audio fine. I enjoyed the story ; cast is very good. Plot is dark, interesting and humorous. Moves along well and not boring. Not a family film. Extras include 2 alternate endings .
F. Scott ValeriReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
A True John Cusack Movie
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It always seems to rain in John Cusack movies and in this noir movie about a jaded but good at heart mob lawyer trying to rob 2 million dollars from his ruthless boss it never stops raining on a bleak Kansas Christmas Eve. This is a dark comedy with graphic violence not for the faint of heart. But the satiric take on human cupidity highlights the absurdist position of our modern experience of Christmas where relentless,soul- exhausting commercialism overwhelms the sacred. John Cusack reprises his weary everyman who wanders through this night of duplicity and violence effortlessly maintaining his good guy humanity, while being totally unsuprised by every twist of betrayal. Wonderful performances by Platt, Thornton, Nielsen,and Quaid. No one portrays existential disillusionment better than Cusack, and there is a seamless line from Loyd Dobbler ( Say Anything ), through Gross Pointe Blank, and even High Fidelity to this movie and character. Numbing himself with booze, and traipsing from one strip club to another thru this story Cusack's character still hopes for an out ( possibly even Love ), and betrays himself by going out of his way to be kind to others. In a true Cusack movie conscience, loyalty, and a capacity for love enable the hero to overcome his own failings and achieve redemption against the forces of amorality, indifference, and absurdity . This is a great dark comedy , and absolutely part of the Cusack cannon. You will not regret the purchase, and repeated viewings are necessary to appreciate all of the nuances.
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pleineluneReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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GREAT FILM with John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton and Oliver Platt. Definitely unique with dark comedy, twists and turns and enjoyed it thoroughly. OLIVER PLATT has some of the funniest scenes and lines.

Wayne C. RogersReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
I got much more than my money's worth with this movie!!!
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I've reached the point to where I seldom write reviews anymore, but with The Ice Harvest, I felt the need to come to its defense after seeing the extremely low rating. This turned out to be a film which surprised me in the most pleasant way with its twists and turns and humor and darkness and just plain good acting. I feel that John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt and the rest of the cast captured their roles perfectly. The dialogue between the characters was excellent, the suspenseful build-up to the ending was totally engaging, and the direction by Harold Ramis was right on the T. For me, it was a surprise to say the least because I didn't expect a great deal from this movie. After I watched it the first time, I immediatedly watched it again. I've since seen the movie six times during the last four months and have thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I'm going to watch it again right after I finish this review. The Ice Harvest is definitely not everybody's cup of tea, but for me it's what good movie making is all about. I certainly recommend this to people who enjoy "film noir" movies. I will say, however, that Oliver Platt does steal the scenes whenever he's on camera and adds to the touch at the end. This is definitely a film for my movie collection!
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