The Iceman Trailer: Bring On The Hit Parade
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The Iceman Trailer: Bring On The Hit Parade

By Jay Stevens, Jr. | Trade News | August 31, 2012 | Comments ()


The film The Iceman is "based on the true story of" Richard Kuklinski, a mob hitman who claims to have committed anywhere from 100 to perhaps as many as 250 kills between 1948 and 1986 starting at the age of 13. His bio reads more like a sociopath and serial killer who just happened to find an occupation that fit what he liked to do anyway. You get the feeling that if he wasn't killing people for the Gambino crime family, he might just as easily be doing it as a weekend hobby to blow off steam. Some theorize him might have done both.

Like other serial murderers, Kuklinski was able to keep his life as a killer separate from his family. He was well known to be a devoted husband and father. Curiously, it was this devotion to his family that perhaps led him to a personal code of never killing women and children. He also had a modus operandi of constantly changing his methods of killing his victims and even altering the bodies to obscure the ensuing investigations. It may have been for this reason that his career went on as long as it did.

Michael Shannon, who grabbed many people's attention in 2011's Take Shelter and will darken the skies as General Zod in next year's Man of Steel, has been tapped to play the role of Kiklinski. The film also stars Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, Stephen Dorff and James Franco. Ryder plays Kuklinski's wife, Evans plays fellow hitman and collaborator, Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge and Liota plays mob soldato, Roy Demeo.

The Iceman is directed by Ariel Vroman. The film is also based on Anthony Bruno's book, The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer. It will be screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, but at this time it does not have a wide release date.


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