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| December 7, 2019

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The Iceman in UK Cinemas June 7

Howard Gorman

The Iceman, a film directed by Ariel Vromen (Danika, Rx) and based on the book by Anthony Bruno, relates the real-life tale of mob hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, allegedly responsible for in excess of 200 murders.

Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) and his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) seem to be living the model American life with three children in an idyllic suburban ranch house on a quiet street. What Deborah and the kids are oblivious to is the fact that when Kuklinski heads off to work he is in fact executing people under the direction of the Gambino crime family, using more deadly methods than one could imagine (guns, knives, explosives, strangling, poisonings) to get the police of his scent by making it impossible to trace all the killings to a single killer.

The Iceman follows Kuklinski’s career from the 1950s through the 1980s, relating his friendship with Gambino soldato Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta), his mentorship under the wing of assassin Robert “Mister Softee” Pronge (Chris Evans), and his distraught relationship with his brother Joseph (Stephen Dorff), who, like Richard, was tormented by a penchant for sociopathic behavious all his life.

The film is directed by Ariel Vromen, from a script by Vroman and Morgan Land and based on the book by Anthony Bruno.

The Iceman is released throughout the UK from June 7, 2013.

A little bit of trivia regarding the movie:

James Franco was originally cast as Pronge, later replaced by Chris Evans, whilst Benicio Del Toro was first cast to play DeMeo, before the part was finally taken on by Ray Liotta. Maggie Gyllenhaal was also cast as Kuklinski’s wife, Deborah, but had to drop out due to pregnancy.
The photographs below are courtesy of Millenium Entertainment:


  1. Excited for this one for the cast alone. It’s reminding me a bit of Killing Them Softly and that’s a good thing! Looks stylish and to be a very good action-thriller.

  2. Sofie K

    It’s a good trailer. It appears a bit long, but that might just be the length of the movie. Looks like extraordinarily good acting performances and it makes me look forward to seeing it.

  3. Peter Shrewes

    Flaming Nora. It’s Michael Shannon. Need to see this one.

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