The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm

Ang Lee (1997)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


An American family searches for a sense of purpose during the dark days of the Watergate scandal, experimenting with sex and drugs as a way of escaping the drudgery of suburban life. However, as long-buried secrets are unearthed, tragedy looms ever closer. Ang Lee's drama, starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood and Katie Holmes.

Cast & 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
Director Ang Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse and a sex scene. Available on: video and DVD