Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton and John Lone star along with Lindsay Crouse in this suspenseful drama about a team of Arctic researchers who find a 40,000 year-old man frozen in ice and bring him back to life. Anthrop... more »ologist Stanley Shephard (Hutton) wants to befriend the Iceman (Lone) and learn about the man's past; Dr. Diane Brady (Crouse) and her surgical team want to discover the secret that will allow man to live in a frozen state. When the Iceman becomes part of their lives, the results are both moving and emotionally shattering. Shot on location in Canada's breathtaking snowy wilderness, Iceman uncovers life's greatest mystery.« less
"Though an excellent film, the release only in a reduced-screen, pan and scan, version is abominable. I want what any good film collector wants: the release of this fine film in its original 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio. When will the movie producers realize that people who buy DVD films are collectors and don't want to see the films in the "edited" 1.33:1 versions? "
A very touching movie.....
Siva Balan | Singapore | 08/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first saw "Iceman" about 20 years ago, I was touched and cried about the ending. But at that time, I did not understand the deeper message the director was trying to convey to the viewers. When I watched it again, the message hit me like a ton of bricks!
This movie shows us the attitude of human behaviour when Man receives additional knowledge about his past origins. The way the prehistoric man was treated by the "cold-hearted" scientists shows us that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing for immature people. It is like giving matches to a child and expecting the kid to be safe with it. Humanity has progressed in the scientific field but when it comes to moral behaviour, we are primitive in this aspect. (A good example is the countless of wars being fought with the use of destructive weapons over the last century alone)
In short, the reason why I gave this movie a 4 star rating is because there are virtually no extra features of this DVD. There is no commentary by the director or the actors. Anyway, the acting was top-class and I feel that this is one of the most under-rated movies in the 1980's."
An overlooked gem
Pablo Giustorobelo | Fullerton, Ca United States | 01/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps one of the most underrated movies in film history, Iceman starring Timothy Hutton and John Lone, easily achieves the elements needed to be hailed as one of the best movies ever made. The story is set in contemporary times, as a group of scientists find a prehistoric man frozen in the artic glazier, and are very unexpectedly able to bring him back to life. The setting of the film is contemporary times, but the story of Iceman achieves a much broader spectrum that begins 40,000 years in the past. The prehestoric man holds within him the key to perhaps everlasting life, and it is this issue that drives the scientists to grapple as to what exactly should be done with him. Iceman, unlike the overwhelming majority of films raises many intellectual and ethical issues. It forces its audience to think and debate within themselves and with each other. In the end we as the audience find out that what the Iceman has to offer is not everlasting life, but an immense insight as to what has driven men, what has been important to them, the courage, the bravery, the love and the sense of loss that has been with them as long as they have been on earth"
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email@example.com | sydney, Australia | 02/02/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"8. ICEMAN (drama, 1984) A team of Arctic-research scientists uncover the body of a 40 000 year old Neanderthal Man frozen in a slab of ice. Miraculously, he is brought to life by Dr. Diane Brady (Lindsay Crouse), and her surgical doctors. The Iceman (John Lone) is placed in an artificial wilderness housing, enclosed from the rest of the world. Anthropologist Dr. Stanley Shepard (Timothy Hutton) is brought in to study the man. However, he goes one stop further by making face to face contact. With the help of Diane, their struggle to identify with the Iceman becomes a personal, and moving experience.Critique: A visual as well as a 'sound' delight, Iceman is a touching film that brings the naturally in all of us. That film lore feeds our emotions and our intellectual curiosity. Australian director Fred Schepisi provides the lush, snow-covered landscapes with a rich musical tapestry to reside on. Schepisi makes us feel close to the Iceman by placing him in the position of stranger (which is where we, as audience, are on), and surveyor of truth. Although it has the same plot overtones of a Frankenstein's monster dilemma (should a creation be exploited?), it does sway from this by giving us an insight into the Iceman's past. Actor John Lone's debut performance as the Iceman is wholly potent, as a rendition of our 'shadow side'. While Lindsay Crouse for once plays a sensitive scientist. The best moment of the film comes when the Iceman, at last happy, plummets through the Arctic air and comes full circle in his quest. With the film's beautiful soundtrack guiding him.QUOTES: Iceman: "Pita!!""
Some movies just don't get the credit they deserve
Cedd Dogg | stockton, ca. United States | 06/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rember watching this movie when I was 13 years old,I loved it it was one of my all time favorites.About five years ago I wanted to buy it or rent it,it was practicly imposible to get a hold of I could not find it anywhere,then one day I came across a small video store that had it and I offerd to buy it from the owner,it was the orignal 1985 tape in perfect condition and to this day you still cant find it anywhere.Itis a shame this movie is so hard to find ,the story,acting and drama is some of the best to be seen.If you can find this movie,get it you don't know what your missing!"