The Ice Storm is a 1997 drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, and Sigourney Weaver. Set during Thanksgiving 1973, The Ice Storm is about two dysfunctional suburban Connecticut families who are trying to deal with tumultuous political and social changes of the early 1970s, and their escapism through alcohol, adultery, and sexual experimentation. The title alludes to an actual weather event: a destructive ice storm that blanketed Connecticut and cut electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes for up to a week. Apparently, artistic license was employed because the actual storm hit December 16-17, 1973, not Thanksgiving. The storm was dubbed "Felix" by local weathermen.
Upon the film's opening in the United States on October 31, 1997, its release was limited and it grossed $8 million on a budget of $18 million, making it a box office flop. It has subsequently become a celebrated success due to a subsequent video release in 1998 and to DVD in 2000. A new special two-disc DVD set was released as a part of the Criterion Collection on March 18, 2008.