The Ice Harvest Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Cusack, Bolly Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt, Randy Quaid

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This crime caper is unusual in that it's all about what happens after a crime is committed. Charlie, a mob attorney, and his friend Vic, who owns a strip joint, easily steal more than $2 million from Charlie's boss. However, getting out of town with the money proves to be more difficult. The two men don't want to hit the road right away because it would look incriminating. Also, there's an ice storm raging. Thus, they decide to hang around for a while. They pass the time by hiding from mobsters and visiting friends and family. They also make repeated trips to Vic's club and a local bar, where they schmooze with other locals, drink almost nonstop, and watch the body count rise as greedy hoods come after them.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Elana Starr

In Wichita Falls, Kansas, corrupt young attorney Charlie Arglist (Cusack), who regularly does chores for the local crime boss, Bill Guerrard (Quaid), has gone in on a plan with tough guy Vic Cavanaugh (Thornton) to skim $2 million off Guerrard's profits. The pair merely have to wait through the night before taking it on the lam early in the morning.

Meanwhile Charlie has to deal with his drunken friend Pete Van Heuten (Platt), another attorney who is married to Charlie's ice queen ex; gorgeous Renata (Nielsen), a stripper whom Charlie would like to go away with him; a killer who seems to know what Charlie and Vic have done and is hunting them down; and his own doubts about Vic's loyalty to their plan. This 2005 film was directed by longtime comedy filmmaker Harold Ramis.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes If this is a criminal POV story...    -   criminals stealing from other criminals

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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