1997   USA The Ice Storm
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Director:Ang Lee
Studio:20th Century Fox
Writer:Rick Moody, James Schamus
IMDb Rating:7.5 (29,797 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 19 nominations
Duration:114 min
Ang Lee  ...  (Director)
Rick Moody, James Schamus  ...  (Writer)
Kevin Kline  ...  Ben Hood
Joan Allen  ...  Elena Hood
Sigourney Weaver  ...  Janey Carver
Henry Czerny  ...  George Clair
Tobey Maguire  ...  Paul Hood
Christina Ricci  ...  Wendy Hood
Elijah Wood  ...  Mikey Carver
Adam Hann-Byrd  ...  Sandy Carver
David Krumholtz  ...  Francis Davenport
Jamey Sheridan  ...  Jim Carver
Kate Burton  ...  Dorothy Franklin
William Cain  ...  Ted Shackley
Michael Cumpsty  ...  Philip Edwards
Maia Danziger  ...  Mrs. Gadd
Katie Holmes  ...  Libbets Casey
Frederick Elmes  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: It was 1973, and the climate was changing.

Summary: Asian American director Ang Lee sums up America in the early 1970s by focusing on the arrival of the sexual revolution in the 'burbs. Isolationism within a family, consumerism, and selfishness are personified by a cast that captures the self-obsession within two New England families. As the children struggle awkwardly with adolescence, their parents stumble through sexual experimentation. In the days of Watergate and Vietnam, society is breaking boundaries and ignoring convention. Following suit, these families are eschewing polite barriers and social taboos, with disastrous results. The "ice storm" of the title refers not only to a natural phenomenon but is a (rather heavy-handed) metaphor for a pervasive emotional temperament. The entire cast delivers textured, finely nuanced performances. This movie lingers in the psyche not only for the scope of the tragedy at its conclusion, but for Lee's often humorous and stingingly accurate assessment of pop culture. Based on Rick Moody's novel, this won the best-screenplay award at Cannes in 1997. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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