The Ice Harvest (2005)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: The Ice Harvest offers a couple of laughs, but considering the people involved, it should be a lot funnier.


Movie Info

In icebound Wichita, Kan., its Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata. But as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Russo, Robert Benton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2006
Box Office: $8.8M
Runtime:
Focus Features - Official Site

Cast


as Charlie Arglist

as Vic Cavanaugh

as Culligan

as Bill Guerrard

as Pete Van Heuten

as Officer Tyler

as Dennis

as Manager

as Councilman Williams

as Spencer

as Christian Girl

as Lounge Patron

as Restaurant Busboy

as Restaurant Patron

as Cupcake
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Critic Reviews for The Ice Harvest

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (37)

Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner.

January 3, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

Nielsen's Renata is icy cold in her calculations, and an object lesson in how to play a lethal charmer plausibly without losing any of her erotic appeal. She alone is worth the price of admission.

Full Review… | December 7, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

The comedy in The Ice Harvest comes in shades of dark and darker. That's my kind of humor.

Full Review… | November 29, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Dead cold

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
CinePassion

A smug, and awfully dull quasi-noir comedy...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

...generally comes off as an effective adaptation of Scott Phillips' admittedly superior novel...

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Ice Harvest

½

Charlie Arglist: As Wichita falls... so falls Wichita Falls.

"'Twas the night before Christmas"

The Ice Harvest is a good little, dark comedy-thriller that has more than just shades of Fargo all over it. This was a fun movie for me. I loved the story and I liked John Cusack as the lead and the supporting cast just helped add more to the whole film experience. I fail to see why this has been so negatively reviewed. Maybe people expected something different, maybe people think it is just a rip-off, but in my mind, this is a worthwhile and really fun movie that doesn't take itself to seriously, but also doesn't give itself completely over to ridiculousness. 

Charlie Arglist is a mob lawyer in Wichita, Kansas. It's Christmas Eve and the bad freezing rain is expected to fall all night. Charlie and his friend Vic have just embezzled $2 million from the local mob and now they're just waiting out the rain so they can get out of town. Crimes such as this normally don't go unknown though and soon after successfully getting the money, Charlie begins to think that the mob is looking for him and Vic. 

While this isn't wholly original, it's a fun movie that I enjoyed. Every second was entertaining and there is suspense around every corner. I don't understand how so many people could think this was boring. That seems like the one thing it isn't. The movie is dark, funny, wacky, silly, exciting, fun, and suspenseful. Boring is the one thing that never came to my mind while watching The Ice Harvest. So give it a look if you get a chance.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Its a rainy Christmas in Wichita, 1979, icy rain and cold, when small time mob lawyer Cusack decides to skim a little moolah from mean ol'boss Quaid's illegal loot. Luckily his friends want to help him out (outta the goodness of their widdle hearts!) before he gets permanently iced but good in this wee bit of a enjoyable comic noirfest surprisingly directed by Harold Ramis.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

I was expecting something pretty good with this film, but I was disappointed. With a great cast of actors and interesting story, I'm surprised that the filmmakers couldn't have created anything better than what this film turned out to be. This is a pretty bad film, and I was disappointed because the cast and story were promising. However the film just didn't do it for me. As far as a dark comedy is concerned, this one just doesn't have what it takes and it is plainly a bad film that not even with the good cast at hand, they weren't able to save it from failing. This film could have been great, but it isn't. Harold Ramis over the years has made some great comedy classics, but nowadays he's losing his touch. The Ice Harvest is a boring film that you'll lose interest after a while. I thought that the film could have been much better considering the cast and director. However Harold Ramis can't seem to direct something consistent here. In the end, this is a boring film that could have been better. I think that the black humor elements could have been reworked as well, as even by those humor standards, it didn't do anything to make this film stand out. This film could have been good, but it was just a poorly made film with nothing interesting going for it. I was very disappointed in this film, thought it could have been much better than what it turned out to be.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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