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Movie Info

Events spiral out of control when a greedy insurance salesman (Greg Kinnear) tries to con an old farmer (Alan Arkin) out of a rare violin.

Cast & Crew

Greg Kinnear
Mickey Prohaska
Alan Arkin
Gorvy Hauer
Billy Crudup
Randy Kinney
Bob Balaban
Leonard Dahl
Lea Thompson
Jo Ann Prohaska
Michelle Arthur
Karla Gruenke
James Detmar
Glen Vandenhoevel
Michelle Hutchison
Judy Vandenhoevel
Alan Johnson
Bill Morton
Jill Sprecher
Screenwriter
Karen Sprecher
Screenwriter
Jeff Danna
Original Music
Dick Pope
Cinematographer
Lee Percy
Film Editor
Jeff Schoen
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Critic Reviews for Thin Ice

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (19)

Audience Reviews for Thin Ice

  • Dec 21, 2014
    Cunning con that detrimentally does not end when it should, needlessly applying an ending twist of DNA-helixlike proportions that left a sour taste in my mouth. A screenwriter should ask him/herself that if a movie works without a plot twist, then do the alterations improve it? Here the answer is a resounding NO, in fact causing me to deduct a half-star due to the resultant sheer implausibility. With that rant over, the rest of the movie is absorbing and believable with some great performances from Alan Arkin as a slightly addled loner and especially Billy Crudup as an unhinged ex-con prone to violent mood swings.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2013
    At a convention, Mickey Prohaska(Greg Kinnear), an insurance salesman, not only loses his shirt and money, but also his wallet which turns up quickly. All of which only adds to the problems he has been having lately, including with his wife(Lea Thompson). At least, he hires Bob(David Harbour) who seems promising enough and quickly shows that when he signs Gorvy(Alan Arkin) to a policy which might have to be increased when Leonard Dahl(Bob Balban) stops by to value a very valuable violin in Gorvy's possession. "Thin Ice" is a prime example of filmmakers not being as smart as they think are, nor having any true idea as to the tone they are going after. Therefore, you are left with a very good cast in search of any kind of direction. In any case, Greg Kinnear seems like too nice a guy to play such a heel and even Billy Crudup cannot pick up the slack. In the end, you know are in big trouble if Alan Arkin can make no difference at all.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2012
    Mildly entertaining. Decent twist at the end...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2012
    Thin Ice boasts an impressive cast, with the always funny and charismatic Greg Kinnear, teamed well with Alan Arkin, and has a unique set up with some generally funny moments. The story-line and script, however, are largely incoherent, with an especially frustrating ending that undermines the entire structure, and seems more tacked-on rather than built-up to. This will undoubtedly spoil the film for those who are looking for anything beyond very mild enjoyment. Despite the narrative flaws, Thin Ice does seem to have a keen sense of its characters, and did a particularly good job with Kinnear's character arc. Despite the on-screen stupidity, we care about his journey. Far from perfect, but a solid enough first two-thirds to make it worth a watch. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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