The Ice Storm

September 27th, 1997


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Still of Kevin Kline and Joan Allen in The Ice Storm

1973, suburban Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex, drink, etc., find their lives out of control.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 7.5/10 (31,568 voted)

Critic's Score: 72/100

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad...

Writers: Rick Moody, James Schamus

Kevin Kline - Ben Hood
Joan Allen - Elena Hood
Sigourney Weaver - Janey Carver
Henry Czerny - George Clair
Tobey Maguire - Paul Hood
Christina Ricci - Wendy Hood
Elijah Wood - Mikey Carver
Adam Hann-Byrd - Sandy Carver
David Krumholtz - Francis Davenport
Jamey Sheridan - Jim Carver
Kate Burton - Dorothy Franklin
William Cain - Ted Shackley
Michael Cumpsty - Philip Edwards
Maia Danziger - Mrs. Gadd
Katie Holmes - Libbets Casey

Taglines: The American Dream was over. But the hangover was just beginning.


Official Website: Fox Searchlight Pictures |

Release Date: 27 September 1997

Filming Locations: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $75,183 (USA) (28 September 1997) (3 Screens)

Gross: $7,837,632 (USA) (8 February 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

To prepare for the film, Ang Lee let the cast members study stacks of magazine cutouts from the early 1970s.

Continuity: Mikey's watch at his parents' dinner party.

[first lines]
Train Conductor: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This train, originating from New York's Grand Central Station, is back in service. Next stop will be New Canaan, Connecticut. New Canaan, Connecticut next stop.
Paul Hood: [narration] In issue 141 of the Fantastic Four, published in November, 1973, Reed Richards had to use his anti-matter weapon on his own son, who Aannihilus has turn into the Human Atom Bomb. It was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four, because they weren't like other superheroes...

User Review

The best film of 1997

Rating: 10/10

I went to see this film with one of my friends, in a cinema I had never been to before. It was one of those rare and delightful experiences where you are the only people in the theatre. No one around to distract you. No kids munching on crisps, or couples quietly muttering sweet nothings, or idiots trying to tell the characters what to do. It was great.

The film was just brilliant. It really nearly broke my heart. Every performance is perfect. The direction by Ang Lee is deliberate and painful as he slices into you with the lives of those he makes you watch. It looks amazing, in a beautifully bleak way. It is also one the most compelling and painful movies that I have ever come across. The family life portrayed is messed up and all the relationships that are displayed are disfunctional on some level or other. But still I was forced to care for them - all of them. Such is the brilliance of the acting and the script writing.

I own this film, but I can't watch it alot. Once a year is just enough. It's to traumatic and beautiful to watch more than that.