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The Iceman Trailer: Bring On The Hit Parade

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


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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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  • winged chorus

    Maybe this heralds Winona's career revival?

    Oh Winona

  • If they want a wide screen release they'll have to show how Kuklinski only killed that person (yes, cut it to one, 100 is way too many) because they (the 'Mob') threatened his family (and the target was a Pedo anyway). Then he must spend the rest of the movie heroically trying to escape the clutches of the evil Ray Liotta (okay, maybe he can kill a few more people here, but only Liotta's henchmen). But Liotta is unforgiving and holds a gun to Wynona's head (or the daughters) so Kuklinski shoots him first, putting him on the Mob's shit list. This forces Kuklinski and his family into the witness protection programme, where they start a new life in Tampa, Florida. Kuklinski changes his name Cochlan and writes speeches for the GOP, later devising the catch phrase "We Built It!".

    Box.Office.Gold.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Some theorize him might have done both.

    This sentence makes I very uneasy.

  • Forbiddendonut

    I watched a part of a documentary on this guy years ago. If I recall, his favorite method to kill people was cyanide. That trailer seemed to have a distinct lack of cyanide deaths, but I can't blame them. I don't reckon they are quite as dramatic as shootings, stabbings, stranglings, etc.

  • Nimue

    Interviews with him are chiling.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Don't worry, I saw some early test footage and at least one major character is killed with cyanide.

  • I know that poster's meant to be following the bait-and-switch kind of approach of the tagline; the typical family man sitting at his desk, but oh! look out below! he's got a gun!... But with that ShannonFace...hell, I'd be suprised if he was holding anything BUT a gun. Give that man a rubber chicken.

  • Eve

    "Give that man a rubber chicken."

    Shannon holding a rubber chicken would scare me even more...o_O

  • Fucking about time the world was Shannoned into blissful oblivion like I was a long time ago.

  • way too much in that trailer though, another i had to shut down before halfway through.

    besides "Shannon is a hitman", and i was sold

  • man, i love that Michael Shannon is getting lots of roles!

  • Dugs

    At first i thought it was C. Thomas Howell in that movie poster.

  • linnyloo

    Did NOT recognize Chris Evans at first.

  • Eve

    The real Richard Kuklinski was the spitting image of (Metallica's) James Hetfield.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    And Shannon looks like Timothy Olyphant, only a bit wider.

  • Eve
  • Snath

    And now I have Metallica in my head.

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