First performanceOctober 9, 1946 Place premieredAl Hirschfeld Theatre LanguageEnglish
DirectorJohn Frankenheimer PlaywrightEugene ONeill Duration CountryUnited States
WriterEugene ONeill, Thomas Quinn Curtiss Release dateNovember 10, 1973 (1973-11-10) CharactersLarry Slade, Theodore Hickman, Don Parritt AdaptationsThe Iceman Cometh (1973), The Iceman Cometh (1960) Similar moviesRelated Eugene ONeill plays, Other plays
The Iceman Cometh is a 1973 American drama film directed by John Frankenheimer. The screenplay was written by Thomas Quinn Curtiss, based on Eugene O'Neill's 1939 play of the same name. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition.
This was the last film for both Robert Ryan and Fredric March. March developed prostate cancer in 1970, causing him to retire from acting, while Ryan died before the film's release. It was a minute short of four hours in length, and became the first film to have two intermissions.
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Lee Marvin as Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman
Fredric March as Harry Hope
Robert Ryan as Larry Slade
Jeff Bridges as Don Parritt
Bradford Dillman as Willie Oban
Sorrell Booke as Hugo Kalmar
Hildy Brooks as Margie
Juno Dawson as Pearl (as Nancy Juno Dawson)
Evans Evans as Cora
Martyn Green as Cecil Lewis
Moses Gunn as Joe Mott
Clifton James as Pat McGloin
John McLiam as Jimmy Tomorrow
Stephen Pearlman as Chuck Morelo
Tom Pedi as Rocky Pioggi
George Voskovec as Piet Wetjoen
Frankenheimer later said:
We found the most difficult thing was to cut it. We cut one hour and 20 minutes out of the original, but by the time we'd finished it we'd put back in an hour. It was a marvelous movie - up til now (1974) my best experience. We were like a repertory company; we never wanted it to end. I tried to show Hickey as sane and not the way I've seen him interpreted, as insane. I think you have to live your life without illusions, not with them. Pauline Kael said in her review that you only have to look at photos of O'Neill to see this was a face with no illusions.
Robert Ryan won a Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and a Special Award from the National Society of Film Critics for his performance as Larry Slade.