Iceman Cometh

Movie Information

In Brief: The Hendersonville Film Society is screening the second part of John Frankenheimer's film of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh.
Genre: Drama
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Lee Marvin, Fredric March, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges, Sorrell Booke, Martyn Green
Rated: PG

The American Film Theatre was a short-lived attempt by producer Ely Landau to bring stage drama to the screen. The resulting films weren’t quite canned theater, but neither were they wildly cinematic. John Frankenheimer’s film of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh (1973) was no different, but it was and is a beautifully cast and performed record of the play. Your fondness for it will vary based on how you feel about very long (it runs four hours and is being shown in two parts on consecutive Sundays), very heavy drama of the sort only O’Neill wrote.

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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