The Ice Storm (1997)

Directed by
Ang Lee

This film is set in a small Connecticut town in winter during the dark days of Watergate. This community houses a range of discontented middle-class families desperate to escape from their problems, and use sex as the means. The adults start having affairs and wife-swapping parties, while the children are more concerned with losing their virginity.

The parallel experiences of the adults and children of one family are shown as they experiment with sex and drugs in an increasingly desperate attempt to create meaning in their shallow, bourgeois lives, unaware that a storm is fast approaching.

This haunting drama won the Best Screenplay award in Cannes and was a smash hit with the critics for its powerful evocation of the listless decadence that characterised the closing years of the '70s.

Written by ,

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1997

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Kevin KlineKevin Kline...Ben Hood
Image for Joan AllenJoan Allen...Elena Hood
Image for Sigourney WeaverSigourney Weaver...Janey Carver
Henry Czerny...George Clair
Image for Tobey MaguireTobey Maguire...Paul Hood
Image for Christina RicciChristina Ricci...Wendy Hood
Image for Elijah WoodElijah Wood...Mikey Carver
Adam Hann-Byrd...Sandy Carver
Image for David KrumholtzDavid Krumholtz...Francis Davenport
Image for Jamey SheridanJamey Sheridan...Jim Carver
Kate Burton...Dorothy Franklin
William Cain...Ted Shackley
Michael Cumpsty...Philip Edwards
Maia Danziger...Mrs. Gadd
Image for Katie HolmesKatie Holmes...Libbets Casey