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The Ice Harvest (2005)

A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

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Rusti
Bill Noble ...
Culligan
Brad Smith ...
Ronny
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Roy Gelles
T.J. Jagodowski ...
Officer Tyler
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Francie
Tab Baker ...
Dennis
Frank Gallo ...
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Councilman Williams
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Storyline

Larceny, lust and lethal behavior. In icebound Wichita, Kansas, it's 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, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking - and the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with surprises. Written by focus features

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'Twas the night before Christmas... See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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23 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cosecha de hielo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,740,799, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$8,819,059, 11 December 2005
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The weather got to be so bad during shooting that Harold Ramis was almost forced to close production for a day, which would've ended his perfect record of never losing a shooting day. See more »

Goofs

The Mercedes's upright hood ornament disappears and reappears between scenes. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Arglist: Did I ever tell you my father was a twin?
Pete Van Heuten: Identical?
Charlie Arglist: Fraternal. Looked a lot alike, though, him and my uncle. Different temperaments completely. My father, he's a cop. By-the-book guy. Believed in the law, wanted his only son to be a lawyer. Drank in moderation, didn't smoke. Kept up his life insurance premiums. Voted in every election, not just for president.
Pete Van Heuten: Lemme guess, uncle didn't vote?
Charlie Arglist: He said he didn't want to encourage the bastards. In and out of jail from the time he was 16... drunk ...
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Every Night and Every Day
Written by Bob Mair and Nick Vincent
Performed by BTM
Courtesy of Rescue Records
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Underrated noir / crime caper with a comic edge
29 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

John Cusack stars, and his performance is pretty much what you expect from him: quick-witted and cynical. But, as far as I'm concerned, as long as that's what the role calls for, he's always good. He plays a mob lawyer who has just stolen over $2 million from his boss (Randy Quaid) with the help of a strip club owner (Billy Bob Thornton). For a good ways into the picture, I thought I was seeing one of the best films of last year. It does start to stumble after about the halfway point, but it still finishes pretty strong. All the actors are strong, but I have to give special kudos to Oliver Platt, who is always a delight. He plays a drunk friend of Cusack's who is now miserably married to Cusack's ex-wife. I don't normally praise drunk acts, but Platt is particularly believable – and hilarious. This movie is a lot of fun and well worth seeing.


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