The Iceman

  • 15
  • Ariel Vromen (2012)
  • US
  • 101 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

The towering presence of Michael Shannon as New Jersey hitman Richard Kuklinski gives this fairly average true-crime biopic a backbone of steel. A prolific killer for the powerful Gambino family, Kuklinski was known as the Iceman for his modus operandi, which involved freezing and storing the bodies of his victims to obscure the date and time of death. It sounds like a traditional Mob movie premise, but the selling point here is that he led a double life, hiding his sordid secret from his wife (Winona Ryder) and family right up until his arrest in 1986. Given the period setting, there are a lot of wigs and outrageous fashions to distract attention from the relatively pedestrian storytelling, but visually, this is nothing new, despite several stylish flourishes - including a hit carried out using a spiked drink in a packed nightclub. What makes it at all special is Shannon, who's terrific playing the human being behind the murderer, a man so psychopathic that he doesn't realise he's actually a monster posing as a man.

Plot Summary

A Mob henchman becomes one of the criminal underworld's most notorious contract killers, responsible for the deaths of over 100 men. He conceals his activities behind the normal facade of an all-American family man for years, keeping his wife and daughters in the dark about his deadly profession. Fact-based crime drama, starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder and Chris Evans.

Cast and crew


Richard Kuklinski
Michael Shannon
Deborah Pellicotti
Winona Ryder
Marty Freeman
James Franco
Roy Demeo
Ray Liotta
Mr Freezy
Chris Evans
Josh Rosenthal
David Schwimmer
Leonard Marks
Robert Davi
Joey Kuklinski
Stephen Dorff
Erin Cummings


Ariel Vromen

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Lionsgate UK
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Jun 2013
Certificate 15