The Iceman is an appropriate title for this pair of HBO specials, because the words of former Mafia enforcer Richard Kuklinski will chill you to the bone. Speaking in the monotonous drone of a man who has numbed himself wi... more »th remorseless brutality, Kuklinski was first interviewed in 1991, five years after receiving consecutive life sentences for multiple murders. Specializing in the tidy use of cyanide, Kuklinski lived a double life, like the fictional hitmen in The Sopranos and Road to Perdition, passing as a "businessman" and devoted husband and father. He describes numerous killings in graphic detail, expressing nearly tearful regret only when lamenting the deception of his family. A vicious product of child abuse, Kuklinski was visited again by HBO in 2001, but this shameless redundancy was an obvious attempt to capitalize on the Sopranos phenomenon. Fascinating as a firsthand record of Mafia killing, these otherwise unsavory interviews serve little purpose beyond morbid exploitation. --Jeff Shannon« less
Actor:Richard Kuklinski Genres:Documentary Sub-Genres:Documentary Studio:Hbo Home Video Format:DVD - Color - Closed-captioned DVD Release Date: 06/01/2004 Original Release Date: 01/01/2002 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002 Release Year: 2004 Run Time: 1hr 30min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 1 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
This was actually well done through the eyes of an hitman that will shock you with his origins and how he lived his life. My only complaint was part 2 having some duplicate discussions and photos but it was shot years later after the first HBO interiew.
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An incredible personal look at the motivations of a killer
Steven | Charlottesville, Virginia United States | 05/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first picked up this title when I was browsing through the "new movie" section at blockbuster about a year ago. I was looking for a mafia-type movie and I ended up leaving the video place pleasantly suprised. The title gives an in-depth look into the life or Richard Kuklinski, a family man on one side, and heartless mafioso on the other. Kuklinski is featured almost the whole time in the documentary; only a few other people (like the agent that brought him down) are interviewed. He gives the viewers a sense of motivation for why he went into a life of crime, which stemmed from an abusive, heartless and non-loving family. He also goes into his different methods of murder (poison was his favorite; non-messy and hard to trace). We also see a side of him in which he regrets a handful of the murders. It really moved me when he talked about how he gave one man an hour to pray before he killed him and how he regrets going through with it. If you want a documentary that will move you and inform you at the same time, The Iceman is what you should be watching tonight."
A trip into the mind of a man who killed for a living.
J. Cournoyer | The Queen City, USA | 08/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quite interesting documentary about Richard Kuklinski, who whacked people for the Gambino Crime family and killed anyone who could testify against him & also set up his own "kill for money" operation. Although I was sympathetic to his "wanting to take care of his family", but truly the guy was sick & should have been given the death penalty.
The stories of him doing contract hits are really interesting & it was even funny to know that one of his accomplices (who he later killed) used a "Mr. Softee" Ice Cream truck while going out on contract hits.
It's a good documentary although a bit shocking. I recommend it."
No Part III
Kuklinski | 11/12/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD does not contain part 3 (the psychiatrist interview). Buy the other DVD The Iceman Interviews."
The iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Hitman
Vernon P. Mogridge | Australia | 10/25/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Since the other DVD I purchased at the same time (the iceman interviews), after contacting the author of the book titled "The Ice Man Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer" by Philip Carlo via his email address PCarlo1874@aol.com - as it appears in his book, I discovered to my dismay that this DVD comprised the first two of the three interviews contained in the second DVD. Had this information been contained in the 'description' of the DVD comprising only two interviews then I could have avoided the clear waste of money of buying them twice. The second DVD was all I needed and I could then have purchased something else with the money saved. In short the DVD "the iceman : Confessions of a Mafia Hitman" ought to be removed from publication entirely and only the second DVD "the iceman interviews" (comprising both the interviews of the former DVD together with the third interview of 'The Iceman and the Psychiatrist') remain available for sale."
The Iceman reveals details of mafia contract killings
Z. Freeman | Austin, TX | 12/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Richard Kuklinski, also known as The Iceman, has killed over 125 people in his time as a mafia contract killer. In this documentary he talks about getting started with the mafia and several hits that he carried out. Listening to him tell the stories you can't help but think of things you've seen on television like The Sopranos... but this stuff actually happened. (Find out why they call him the "iceman".)
Kuklinski talks about his childhood and his abusive parents. He talks about his theory that "nice guys finish last". He says that when he was younger he wanted to be left alone and to leave people alone but they kept bothering him. So he got a metal pipe and beat up a group of 6 guys. From then on he'd established his motto "If you hurt someone first, they'll leave you alone."
Listening to Kuklinski talk is a bit mesmerizing. He's very deadpan and entirely unemotional. When asked how he felt about killing someone he says "I don't." and it's easy to believe after listening to him talk. This is definitely a DVD to rent, unless you're really interested in listening to descriptions of murders over and over. But this is an interesting documentary and one that will hold your interest."