The Ice Storm

  • 15
  • Ang Lee (1997)
  • US
  • 107 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Rick Moody's novel about two dysfunctional families in suburban New England is brought to the screen by Asian-American director Ang Lee as an accomplished ensemble drama that covers similar ground to American Beauty, but is more fatalistic in tone. Set in 1973, the film focuses on the increasingly complicated relationships between neighbouring families, the Carvers and the Hoods, against the backdrop of Nixon's unfolding Watergate disgrace. Ben Hood (Kevin Kline) is cheating on his wife (Joan Allen) with bored neighbour Janey Carver (an out-of-character Sigourney Weaver), while their teenage children are experimenting with their own sexual desires. Cinematographer Frederick Elmes's beautifully realised ice storm draws the drama to a climax. Outstanding performances by Allen and Weaver as the disenchanted wives are matched by those of the younger cast members - Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire and Adam Hann-Byrd.

Plot Summary

Drama based on the novel by Rick Moody, directed by Ang Lee, and starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver and Joan Allen. Thanksgiving 1973: the Hoods and the Carvers are neighbours in an outwardly peaceful and prosperous New England community. But beneath the tranquil exterior lies a hotbed of intertwined relationships involving both the parents and children of the two families.

Cast and crew


Ben Hood
Kevin Kline
Janey Carver
Sigourney Weaver
Elena Hood
Joan Allen
Paul Hood
Tobey Maguire
Wendy Hood
Christina Ricci
George Clair
Henry Czerny
Mikey Carver
Elijah Wood
Jim Carver
Jamey Sheridan
Sandy Carver
Adam Hann-Byrd
Libbets Casey
Katie Holmes
Dot Halford
Allison Janney
Francis Davenport
David Krumholtz
Dave Gorman
Larry Pine


Ang Lee

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista International UK
Swearing, drug abuse and a sex scene.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15