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Iceman Cometh

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Released 1960

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Director:
Sidney Lumet
Released:
1960
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Iceman Cometh is acclaimed 1960 made for television adaptation of the classic Eugene O'Neil play of the same name, brought to the small screen by famed director Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Man, Network, Dog Day Afternoon) and starring one of the great actors of his generation. The story unfolds in a dingy urban bar, where the detritus of human society lounges lazily in their whisky glasses, eagerly awaiting the arrival of drinking buddy Hickey (Jason Robards, Once Upon a Time in the West). However, Hickey arrives as a changed man, the death of his wife having shocked him out of alcoholism and into a new chapter of life. He sets about persuading the other topers to quit living an alcoholic pipe-dream, but they are resistant to his efforts. Part I of the film starts off as the bar patrons boredly await Hickey's arrival, and Part II revolves around a moving 45-minute soliloquy from Hickey, in which he explains the singular circumstances of his marriage, and the death of his wife.moreless
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