Thin Ice

January 3rd, 2011








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Thin Ice

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Plot
An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.2/10 (211 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Jill Sprecher

Stars: Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin

Storyline
An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer.

Writers: Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher

Cast:
Greg Kinnear - Mickey Prohaska
John Paul Gamoke - Man at Coffee Shop
David Harbour - Bob Egan
Jennifer Edwards-Hughes - Sherri (as Jennifer M. Edwards)
Scott Crouch - Casino Emcee
Peter Moore - Phil Peters
Michelle Hutchison - Judy Vandenhoevel
James Detmar - Glen Vandenhoevel
Michael Paul Levin - Chuck Stankel
Kathryn Lawrey - Hotel Clerk
Joe Minjares - Hotel Manager
Michelle Arthur - Karla Gruenke
Peter Thoemke - Frank Richie
Alan Arkin - Gorvy Hauer
Lea Thompson - Jo Ann Prohaska

Taglines: Greetings from Kenosha, WI! Where Ordinary Folks Can Make a Killing.



Details

Official Website: ATO Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2011

Filming Locations: Bloomington, Minnesota, USA

Opening Weekend: $183,527 (USA) (19 February 2012) (53 Screens)

Gross: $217,444 (USA) (19 February 2012)



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User Review

What genre movie is this? I'm not sure, but watch it for the acting

Rating: 7/10

This is a flawed but still watchable film that seems to steal characters and plot from the Coen Brothers' Fargo, yet manages to succeed. At least to an extent.

The problem may be - as we were told at our cinema previewing club - that the director lost final cut here, and found herself with a movie she no longer can even comment on, with 15 minutes cut, the film re-edited, and a score she never intended - and one that doesn't work well.

The result is a somewhat uneven, too dark black comedy. Or is it a drama? Or perhaps a "caper" movie? I'm not quite sure.

When it comes to the acting, though, this is a great film. Greg Kinnear plays a character too reminiscent of Wm. H. Macy's turn in Fargo, but he makes the most of it, though - team player that he is - he's outshone by more spectacular performances. Alan Arkin, for one, who also did it to Kinnear in Little Miss Sunshine. But the "steal the show" performance is by Billy Crudup, always sexy (my wife says he's "hot") and interesting to watch, and here at his very best. Bob Balaban is spot on as a violin dealer, and the rest of the cast is excellent.

Worth seeing for many, but mostly for those performances.




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