The Iceman is a thriller film that is based upon the life of Richard Kuklinski, a notorious hitman for the Mafia. Starring Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder and Ray Liotta, the movie also features James Franco, David Schimmer and Stephen Dorff. Written by Director Ariel Vromen and Morgan Land, the film was produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, Millennium Films and RabbitBandini Productions.
The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles, California and the Shreveport, Louisiana regions. The story follows Richard Kuklinski (played by Shannon) who was always a violent murderer. When mobster Roy Demeo (played by Liotta) gives Kuklinski a way to make some money, he uses his violent tendencies to this end, and thus, a career is begun.
The film details the real events that took place between 1964 and 1982. Due to the documentary re-enactment style, there is little insight into Kuklinski himself. Instead, his crimes are depicted as a contribution to modern American crime history in a terrifying way.
Kuklinski is a killer with a very short temper. His external circumstances change, but never in any real significant way. Despite having murdered at least from 100 to 250 victims over the course of his career, he is also depicted to have loved his family - a wife (played by Ryder) and two daughters. Kuklinisk seems to easily balance his family life against a sinister backdrop of maniacal murder.
The decades of killing seem to mean nothing to Kuklinski, right up to his inevitable capture. Unlike what might have been thought, Kuklinski was not dubbed The Iceman only due to the cold nature of his crimes. Rather, it was because he was known to freeze the bodies of his murdered victims so that the police and authorities would not be able to ascertain their exact time of death.
The film was also screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film and Telluride Film Festivals.