Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (1960)

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Jason Robards burst onto the Broadway scene in 1956 with his performance in Eugene O'Neill's devastating Iceman Cometh, playing the central role of Hickey, a salesman who comes to a rundown bar on a mission to bring peace to its boozing denizens by lifting their illusions--only to wreak disaster on them and himself. Four years later, director Sidney Lumet (later to direct such classics as Dog Day Afternoon and Network) made this skillful television version of the play, bringing back Robards, along with a sterling collection of character actors (particularly Myron McCormick as a former communist who comes to see his reasonableness as a form of cowardice) and a young Robert Redford (in a strikingly unheroic role). Robards became famous for his roles in many O'Neill plays; his galvanizing performance drives The Iceman Cometh and makes this production one of the landmarks of television drama. --Bret Fetzer

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Critic Reviews for Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

All Critics (2)

It's a taped live TV performance of The Play of the Week on National Educational Television, reminding us of the greatness that could be found in early TV's Golden Age.

May 27, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Robards' virtuoso performance as the glad-handing, doom-ridden Hickey is the role's gold standard....

April 6, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

½

Of course its well written and acted but so relentlessly downbeat it's unendurable

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