The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh (1973)

This film, based on Eugene O'Neill's 1947 Broadway play, is set in 1912 at Harry Hope's waterfront saloon. On the occasion of Harry's birthday, several derelicts enter the scene to pontificate on the lives they'd… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 10, 1973
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Feingold
Village Voice

We see a fairly dazzling array of performances, built by Frankenheimer cunningly and steadily.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jamie Russell

A series of powerful performances and some sympathetic direction from Frankenheimer raise this above most of the American Film Theater's productions.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Eugene O'Neill's great, heavy, simplistic, mechanical, beautiful play has been given a straightforward, faithful production in handsome, dark-toned color.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A stiff in spite of an interesting cast.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

The play is an inescapably great experience, and that fact isn't muffled by this film.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Johnson
Indeed, people, the Iceman does cometh, and it's taking him a long, long, long time to get here. Man, as if "Birdman of Alcatraz" wasn't… More