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The Iceman Cometh (1973 film)

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First performance  October 9, 1946
Place premiered  Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Language  English
Director  John Frankenheimer
Playwright  Eugene ONeill
Country  United States
The Iceman Cometh (1973 film) movie poster
Writer  Eugene ONeill, Thomas Quinn Curtiss
Release date  November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10)
Characters  Larry Slade, Theodore Hickman, Don Parritt
Adaptations  The Iceman Cometh (1973), The Iceman Cometh (1960)
Similar movies  Related 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
  • Production

    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.
  • Production credits

  • Associate producer – Les Landau
  • Supervising producer – Robert A. Goldston
  • Casting – Lynn Stalmaster
  • Production Design – Jack Martin Smith
  • Set Decoration – Raphael Bretton
  • Costume Design – Dorothy Jeakins
  • Production executive – Jonathan Burrows
  • References

    The Iceman Cometh (1973 film) Wikipedia

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