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First trailer for the hitman pic The Iceman, starring Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, and Ray Liotta

08.30.2012

Based on the real-life hitman, Richard Kuklinski, aka THE ICEMAN, the first trailer for the film boasts a great cast and a detailed production that reveals a taste of the late 20th Century in all it's mutton-chopped glory.  Starring Michael Shannon as the titular character, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Stephen Dorff, Robert Davi, and David Schwimmer, the film tracks the real-life exploits of the mob hitman who is believed to have killed more than 250 people between 1954 and 1985, before he was finally captured and convicted.  He died while incarcerated in 2006.

Get "iced":

This has got the making of a bloody good crime flick with some mobster drama tossed in for good measure.  Ray Liotta in a mob drama is always a sure bet and Michael Shannon looks to be hamming it up as Kuklinski.  The surprising turn here looks to come from Captain American himself, who is barely recognizeable as The Iceman's mentor and accomplice.  Evans usually shows up as the clean cut good guy, so it's good to see him stretching his wings and trying out some new territory.

Directed by Ariel Vromen (DANIKIA), THE ICEMAN will show at TIFF next month, but no theatrical release date has been announced. Stay tuned.

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Extra Tidbit: If you've never seen The Iceman Tapes, they really are "chilling" to watch. Fascinating and frightening at the same time. Check 'em out on YouTube, but not if you're feint of heart.
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11:43PM on 08/30/2012
Shannon was great in Take Shelter and Bug

This looks great
Shannon was great in Take Shelter and Bug

This looks great
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7:10PM on 08/30/2012
I've been interested in this ever since Mickey Rourke was attached as Kuklinski, but Shannon looks like he'll be giving another powerhouse performance. I have indeed seen the interviews, and I have to agree with everyone else; watch them, because they are a damn sight more frightening than most horror movies these days. Expanding on what violentbuddha said, I am curious to see if they do in fact create a more sympathetic stance with Kuklinski to make the film more palatable for audiences,
I've been interested in this ever since Mickey Rourke was attached as Kuklinski, but Shannon looks like he'll be giving another powerhouse performance. I have indeed seen the interviews, and I have to agree with everyone else; watch them, because they are a damn sight more frightening than most horror movies these days. Expanding on what violentbuddha said, I am curious to see if they do in fact create a more sympathetic stance with Kuklinski to make the film more palatable for audiences, since the guy was pretty, well, UNsympathetic.
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10:20PM on 08/30/2012
I think the Mickey Rourke Kuklinski movie is another project altogether.
I think the Mickey Rourke Kuklinski movie is another project altogether.
4:31PM on 08/30/2012
This looks great but I have to say the Iceman Tapes (the documentary filled with actual interviews with the killer himself) paint a much more chilling picture and a lot less room for an "anti-hero" angle. Watch it. It still gives me chills, no pun intended.
This looks great but I have to say the Iceman Tapes (the documentary filled with actual interviews with the killer himself) paint a much more chilling picture and a lot less room for an "anti-hero" angle. Watch it. It still gives me chills, no pun intended.
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4:26PM on 08/30/2012
This looks fantastic. Michael Shannon is really on a roll. Even his turn in Premium Rush was great. This looks like an excellent film and hopefully it will be good enough for my top ten list of the year.
This looks fantastic. Michael Shannon is really on a roll. Even his turn in Premium Rush was great. This looks like an excellent film and hopefully it will be good enough for my top ten list of the year.
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3:10PM on 08/30/2012
This could possibly be my movie of the year. Stopped the trailer little before halfway.
This could possibly be my movie of the year. Stopped the trailer little before halfway.
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2:49PM on 08/30/2012

I've Got Tickets to the TIFF Premiere

Monday, September 10th @ 10pm. Can't wait to see this.
Monday, September 10th @ 10pm. Can't wait to see this.
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2:27PM on 08/30/2012
I'm rather disappointed by this one. This guy's story is so incredible there is almost no need for artistic license to dramatize ANYTHING. I did not read the book this version is based on but I read Iceman: Confessions of a mafia contract killer and that book was written directly through interviews with Kuklinski himself. No jaw ticks, no Pablo Escobar, no references to him being bullied and killing as a pre teen/teenager or being molested by his mother. I feel like they are going about this
I'm rather disappointed by this one. This guy's story is so incredible there is almost no need for artistic license to dramatize ANYTHING. I did not read the book this version is based on but I read Iceman: Confessions of a mafia contract killer and that book was written directly through interviews with Kuklinski himself. No jaw ticks, no Pablo Escobar, no references to him being bullied and killing as a pre teen/teenager or being molested by his mother. I feel like they are going about this the wrong way. He was a serial killer who got a job doing what he knew best. If they don't have a scene involving a cave with rats, it will be a shame. Shannon (who I admire greatly) just doesn't resemble him or take on any of his characteristics. I always thought Liotta (think Narc appearance) should have been the one to play him if his story was ever told on screen but oh well.... we shall see.
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2:13PM on 08/30/2012
Why the hell do they spoil Franco's character getting shot?

Single quibble aside, this appears to be tough as nails. Will definitely be seeing this.
Why the hell do they spoil Franco's character getting shot?

Single quibble aside, this appears to be tough as nails. Will definitely be seeing this.
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2:07PM on 08/30/2012

I approve.

This movie looks phenomenal. Great palate cleanser from most of the movies that usually come out during winter/spring.
This movie looks phenomenal. Great palate cleanser from most of the movies that usually come out during winter/spring.
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