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  • Actors: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Platt, Connie Nielsen, Randy Quaid
  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Writers: Richard Russo, Robert Benton
  • Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DZ7YN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ice Harvest (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate Ending #1 (Rough Edit and Visual Effects)
  • Alternate Ending #2 (Rough Edit and Visual Effects)
  • Outtake with Billy Bob Thornton
  • Cracking the Story
  • Beneath the Harvest
  • Ice Cracking: Anatomy of a Scene
  • Feature Commentary with Director Harold Ramis

  • Editorial Reviews

    John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton lead an all-star cast in this hilarious and unpredictable thriller that critics are calling, "very funny stuff" (Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper). When lawyer Charlie (Cusack) and his partner Vic (Thornton) steal from a mob boss, they think they've pulled off the perfect crime. But when they race through a night filled with mayhem, lust and lethal surprises, they realize that the biggest risk they'll take will be trusting each other. From the director of Analyze This and Groundhog Day, The Ice Harvest cracks with outrageous laughs and slippery twists that will keep you guessing until the very end!

    Customer Reviews

    John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are inspired casting but even that yields only a few moments of worthwhile screentime.
    NIVEK
    Make no mistake this is a very dark film, and nearly every character is completely void of any redeeming qualities, so this may not be the film for you.
    C. E. Miles
    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.
    Wayne C. Rogers

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Martin on February 7, 2006
    Format: DVD
    As a fan of John Cusack, and a fan of FARGO-ish dark caper comedies, this was a perfect combo -- lean, smart, and entertaining. I have no idea why so many people seem to LOATHE this movie.

    This is easily the best flick Cusack has been in since 2000's HIGH FIDELITY and the wait was painful. His character is a bit of a throwback to his role in THE GRIFTERS, but with a hint of additional warmth.

    Admittedly, this movie was marketed all wrong. Advertising this Coen-brothers-like neo-noir as being from "The director of GROUNDHOG DAY and CADDYSHACK" is like advertising MUNICH as being from "The director of 1941 and JAWS." Sure, it's true, but it gives people the wrong expectation.

    I say, give it a shot.
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    59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Pangburn VINE VOICE on March 2, 2006
    Format: DVD
    This is more than just another last-man-standing suitcase-full-of-money movie.

    John Cusack plays an everyman, a lawyer who has sold out to the values of corporate corruption. With mixed feelings, he steals over two million dollars from the local mob on Christmas Eve, then plans with Billy Bob Thornton to make a break for it later on Christmas Day.

    The mob boss (Randy Quaid) finds out and sends a hit man to get his money back, and the movie plot is about John Cusack trying to avoid getting killed by them.

    The movie has been pretty much panned by almost every critic to review it, although Roger Ebert praised it enough for three stars. I loved it and loved the book before it. I realize that I am in a small minority in this regard.

    What makes THE ICE HARVEST work for me is its noir blend of saltiness and satire, its mixture of comedy and karma.

    The comedy here is based upon the hypocrisy of Christmas in this era of corruption and greed. All of the liars and killers and thieves in this movie talk about Christmas, about being home opening up presents with their kids. If you don't get that, I guess you won't see the comedy. It is nice that it is set in Wichita, Kansas, especially if you have read Thomas Frank's WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?

    The opening graffiti above the urinal, "As Wichita Falls Falls, So Falls Wichita Falls," is a repeated line of jazz that caused an existential crisis for the film's French translator who had trouble distinguishing between "falls" as a noun and "falls" as a verb with a misplaced execution, Wichita Falls not being in Kansas but in Texas.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Merritt VINE VOICE on April 27, 2006
    Format: DVD
    If you're dreaming of a black Christmas try putting this DVD in your player for a few hours of entertainment. But be forewarned: it won't be for everyone. If you're a fan of John Cusack (specifically if you really, really, really loved GROSSE POINTE BLANK) then you'll probably enjoy the dark comedy flooding this film.

    Harold Ramis steps outside his normal feel-good comedies (ANALYZE THIS, etc.) and jumps headlong onto the dark side. Having the look and feel of a Cohen Brothers noir film, Ramis chose to incorporate old themes (good-looking but flawed guy falls for even more flawed girl while trying to pull a fast one) but did so using an updated script.

    The film opens with Charlie (Cusack), a lawyer for the local mob in Wichita Falls, stealing two-million dollars from "The Boss" and meeting up with his partner Vic (Billy Bob Thornton, BAD SANTA). They plan to leave the city in the morning but a horrendous ice storm hits town and life on the roads (and in general) becomes slippery and dangerous. A recurring poetic verse keeps popping up, too: "As Wichita Falls, So Falls Wichita Falls." Charlie keeps seeing it written everywhere. But who's the author and what does it mean?

    We quickly learn that Vic is as morally bankrupt as a person can get and has no intentions of sharing the ill-gotten funds with Charlie (are they really ill-gotten if you steal them from the mob?) But thrown into the mix is a beautiful femme fatal named Renata (Connie Nielsen, GLADIATOR). She runs a strip club in town but has an unusual attraction to Charlie, Vic and money. But which will win out?

    When mob boss Bill Gerard (Randy Quaid, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) discovers the theft, he puts a thug named Roy (Mike Starr, KNOCKAROUND GUYS) onto Charlie and Vic's tails.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By F. Scott Valeri on March 19, 2006
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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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