The Iceman Cometh (1973) DVD9 + DVD5
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 (Fredric March), 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.


DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 02:02:56 + 01:55:52 | 7.42 Gb + 4.29 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: none
Genre: Drama

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

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