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USA: Focus Features
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Randy Quaid, Oliver Platt, Mike Starr, Lara Phillips, Bill Noble, Brad Smith, Ned Bellamy, T J Jagodowski, Meghan Maureen McDonough, Tab Baker, Frank Gallo, William Dick, David Pasquesi, Laura Whyte, Steve King, Caroline Gehrke, Justine Bentley, Max Kirsh, Shana Goodsell, Ryan Ourth, Mick Napier, Lindsey Porter, Brendan Donaldson, Shelby Hyman, Merideth Maresh, Dalton J Homer Spaulding
Director: Harold Ramis
USA & UK: 88 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, violence and sex references
USA Release Date: 23 November 2005
UK Release Date: 3 February 2006
THE ICE HARVEST is a wickedly funny thriller about thick thieves and thin ice.
It's Christmas Eve in rainy, icebound Wichita, Kansas, and this year Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavenaugh (Billy Bob Thornton), have just successfully embezzled $2,147,000 from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid).
Even so, the real prize for Charlie would be the stunning Renata (Connie Nielsen), who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie's fondest Christmas wish is to slip out of town with Renata. But, as daylight fades and a storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten (Oliver Platt) to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking. For Charlie, the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with non-stop twists and turns, both on the ice and off.