The Iceman Cometh
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John Frankenheimer's screen version of Eugene O'Neill's 1947 Broadway play The Iceman Cometh is set in 1912 at Harry Hope's dingy waterfront saloon. On the occasion of Hope's birthday, several derelicts enter the scene to pontificate on the lives they'd planned, the lives they still dream about, and the wasted lives they wound up with. The cast features Lee Marvin as Hickey, a loser who's convinced himself that he's a winner; Robert Ryan as Larry Slade; and Fredric March (his last film role) as Harry Hope. The Iceman Cometh was one of a series of prestige… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We see a fairly dazzling array of performances, built by Frankenheimer cunningly and steadily."
‑ Michael Feingold, Village Voice
"For four hours we live in these two rooms and discover the secrets of these people, and at the end we have gone deeper, seen more, and will remember more, than with most of the other movies of our life."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A series of powerful performances and some sympathetic direction from Frankenheimer raise this above most of the American Film Theater's productions."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"Eugene O'Neill's great, heavy, simplistic, mechanical, beautiful play has been given a straightforward, faithful production in handsome, dark-toned color."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"A stiff in spite of an interesting cast."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The play is an inescapably great experience, and that fact isn't muffled by this film."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"The scene-stealer is Robert Ryan, one of cinema's forgotten great actors. He delivers a superlative performance as the radical with dark reason and fearful purpose, bringing a new, almost heroic dimension to the character."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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