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The Iceman Cometh (1960)

Cast: Jason Robards, Jr., Jason Robards, Jr.
Director: Sidney Lumet, Sidney Lumet
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Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Drama
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Sidney Lumet's made-for-television adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh tells the tale of Hickey (Jason Robards), a fun-loving drunk who has had a drastic change in his life. Now sober -- and cynical -- Hickey arrives at a familiar pub and attempts to convince the other patrons in the bar to give up hope. The stellar supporting cast includes Robert Redford and James Broderick. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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The Iceman Cometh (Disc 1 of 2) (1960)
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6.83 (12 votes)
The Iceman Cometh (Disc 2 of 2) (1960)
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6.12 (8 votes)

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A Classic of the 20th Century Stage by Calafragious June 1, 2004 - 1:15 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Jason Robards' powerful performance overcomes the limitations of the early kinescope (black-and-white TV) recordings from which these disks were made. Eugene O'niell's plays tend to be long -- more like novels for the stage -- and his concerns, arising out of his disappointment with Socialism and his pessimism about the human condition, now seem rather 'twentieth century.' Even if the ambiance of the play, which is largely about hope, disappointment and self-delusion, now seems somewhat dated, the fine actors who contribute to this classic performance held my attention throughout. The producers' attempt to bracket the show -- which might have seemed shocking to an earlier generation -- with commentary from a contemporary theater reviewer, now seems unnecessary, but it is an interesting window on the mindset of the time when the play was staged. Definitely worthwhile.

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