The Iceman Cometh 1973
The movie opens on a trickle of beer from a barrel: This must be the Styx, because everything on the other side is hell. The camera tracks to the back room of an Irish saloon in Greenwich Village, summer, 1912, where the regulars are tossed about like sleeping rag dolls. Snores, snorts and cries of terror from fearful dreams. In the corner, one man remains awake, his cynicism too deep to allow easy dreams.

The man's name is Larry, and he used to be a Wobbly before he abandoned the movement for his own personal scorn of faith. The bartender wearily joins him at the table and they wait for the day. There are so many men in the room that is seems impossible we will eventually get to know them all, but we will, and also the three whores upstairs, and especially the man they are all waiting for, the iceman, Hickey.

Hickey arrives, as he does every year to celebrate the birthday of the bar’s proprietor, Harry Hope, buying booze for all around. However this year, Hickey has changed. He’s off the booze and wants to save everyone. Not from the drink as much as from the underlying cause of their problems – the pipe dreams that have led to their disillusionment.


Director: John Frankenheimer
Cast: Lee Marvin, Fredric March, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges, Bradford Dillman, Sorrell Booke, Hildy Brooks, Juno Dawson, Moses Gunn, Clifton James
Country: USA
Genre: Drama

2x BD50 | 1080p AVC | 03:59:00, 02:58:13 | 45.1 Gb + 43.3 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Disc One

Four Hour Director's Cut (1080p; 3:59:00)

Disc Two

Three Hour Theatrical Cut (1080p; 2:58:13)

Interview with Edie Landau (1080i; 26:16) is an extremely engaging sit down with Ely Landau's widow, with both general background information on their producing careers as well as some fun anecdotes about American Film Theatre's relatively brief existence.

Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera (1080i; 6:30) is a perhaps unintentionally funny promotional piece that Landau evidently filmed to show subscribers at the end of the first season. Let's just say that it's obvious what a showman Landau was from even this brief piece.

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DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 02:02:56 + 01:55:52 | 7.42 Gb + 4.29 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Drama

Extras:
• Theatrical trailer
• "Eugene O'Neill and The Iceman Cometh" - an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic, The Village Voice
• The AFT Cinebill for The Iceman Cometh
• Stills Gallery
• An interview with Edie Landau - Executive in charge, The American Film Theatre
• Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel (1974)
• The American Film Theatre Trailer Gallery - Includes a complete list of the AFT films
• The American Film Theatre scrapbook

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