The Ice Harvest

The Ice Harvest

DVD - 2005
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It's Christmas Eve in icebound Wichita, Kansas, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie is an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, along with his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh, the two 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.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 20, 2014

This black neo-noir comedy didn't get a lot of attention, perhaps because it felt like it should have come out in the 90s, where it would've fit in with movies like "Fargo" and "A Simple Plan." It feels a little familiar, but it's well done and will appeal to fans of those above-mentioned films. John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Connie Nielsen head a fine cast, which also includes Oliver Platt and Randy Quaid (incidentally, both Thornton and Platt were recently in the series "Fargo"). Harold Ramis, better known for comedies like "Groundhog Day" and "Caddyshack," adeptly balances the dark comedy with the violence. The ending is a little unsure and the DVD includes several alternates.

lasertravis May 27, 2013

This was an interesting neo-noir-like black comedy/heist movie. Entertaining. Good pacing. Memorable characters. Well written and acted. Kept my attention and kept me guessing. Quite a few scenes take place in strip clubs, so be wary of nudity and a couple scenes of graphic violence.

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downsman
Dec 30, 2012

Excellent and darkly comedic modern noir that demonstrates the versatility of its main actors. A bittersweet corrective to more sugary Christmas movie fare.

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Excellent dramedy set on Christmas Eve. Directed by seasoned comic veteran Harold Ramis (Stripes, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, etc.). Thornton and Cusack worked well together as partners in crime, and Oliver Platt was a convincing and hilarious drunk. Danish beauty Connie Nielsen is perfect as the seductive and calculating femme fatale. Great script -- twists around every corner. An altogether fun (& funny) neo-noir. (Check out the outtake w/ Billy Bob Thornton doing a 'Sling Blade' impression) FIVE STARS.

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bstudent
Feb 06, 2012

good crime drama similar to Fargo but different enough that you don't actually get the feeling you've seen it before. dry humor mostly.

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docjnsuss
Jan 26, 2012

Charlie (John Cusack) and Vic (Billy Bob Thornton) decide to commit the perfect crime and steal $2 million from their Kansas City mob boss. Charlie is the mob's lawyer in Kansas and that includes overseeing the operation of several strip clubs in Wichita. After the dynamic duo steal the money the movie becomes a thriller as well as a comedy of errors. Both a hitman and the mob boss come looking for Charlie and Vic. Who eventually ends up with the money keeps one guessing until the end.

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tj_is_cool
Dec 28, 2011

Fairly entertaining about crooks double-crossing each other.

happygirl15 Dec 17, 2011

I consider this to be John Cusack's best movie, and perfectly showcases his ability to cover both comedy and drama..

markkluk Oct 04, 2011

John Cusack proves that he can master noir. Billy Bob Thornton and Randy Quaid show their skills here too. Very good cinematography and a good script.

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BlueMoonGirl
Aug 28, 2011

I agree, this is a dark comedy/ sick humor but I found it hilarious. Good storyline that kept you wondering just how it would end.

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Sidney (to Charlie Arglist): "My mother's always telling me I gotta control my anger... channel my energy into something more positive. Makes me want to slap her silly."

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Vic Cavanaugh (to Charlie Arglist): "One night driving a Mercedes, and you're already an asshole."

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Vic Cavanaugh (drowning): "...Our Father... Who Art in Heaven... Hallowed be His Name... because we... our Kingdom come... Thy will be done... and, and give us everything... our bread... because we gotta eat..."

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Pete Van Heuten (drunk, dragged out of bar): "...That was unpleasant... I think I scraped my tummy..."

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Aug 04, 2013

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