The Iceman Cometh (1973)

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Released 24-May-2005
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A genuine lost gem of 70's American cinema, The Iceman Cometh has rarely been seen since 1973. This is one of the definitive film translations of a stage play.

Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece is often referred to as the greatest work of 20th century American theatre, centring on a crowd of wastrels, misfits, anarchists, alcoholics, whores and barflies, drinking away their troubles, and making grandiose plans. When Hickey arrives, for his yearly drunken bender to celebrate landlord Harry Hope's birthday, each character's dreams and aspirations melt away with a heart-breaking poignancy, exposing the human need for illusion and fantasy as an antidote to self-delusion and despair.

Director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, The Train) assembled a stunning ensemble cast led by Lee Marvin (Point Blank, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) as Hickey, Robert Ryan (The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen), Frederic March (The Best Years of our Lives, A Star is Born) and a young Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, The Fisher King).

This stunning film adaptation is what Frankenheimer referred to as "the best creative experience I ever had".

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Lee Marvin
Fredric March
Robert Ryan
Jeff Bridges
Bradford Dillman
Sorrell Booke
Hildy Brooks
Juno Dawson
Evans Evans
Martyn Green
Moses Gunn
Clifton James
John McLiam
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John Frankenheimer
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Drama 1973 170:45 (Case: 239) 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
Widescreen 1.78:1, 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Main Menu Introduction, Menu Animation & Audio, Featurette-Interview With Edie Landau (Executive In Charge Of AFT), Featurette-Interview With Richard Pena (Director Of NYFF), Trailer-American Film Theatre Collection, Theatrical Trailer, Notes-AFT Cinebill For The Iceman Cometh, Gallery-Photo, Gallery-Poster, Notes-A Letter From Ely Landau, Notes-The American Film Theatre-A Short History, Notes-Article: "Eugene O'Neill And The Iceman Cometh"
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