Iceman (1984)


[their first view of the Iceman] What do you think?” – Doctor Stanley Shephard

“Looks like an Indian.” – Maynard

“What kind of an Indian?” – Doctor Stanley Shephard

“A Cleveland Indian. What do I know? You’re the anthropologist. – Maynard

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After scientists discover a frozen caveman in the arctic, they try to use him to learn so much more about the nature and history of man, but things change when the bureaucrats get involved.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled hearing about when it came out in 1984 yet never had much desire to see what it was all about.

The story is told in a pretty boring fashion and it fails to work in any way that would make it engaging of interesting.

The lack of chemistry between any of the characters is quite apparent and doesn’t allow us to care much about what happens to any of them.

Timothy Hutton is a great actor, but even with the afro he is given in this film, he isn’t able to make us care about what he and co-star Lindsay Crouse are attempting to do with this unfrozen caveman.

John Lone is clearly the best part of this movie but most of the time he feels as if he is just a Neanderthal caricature that isn’t able to do anything besides what one would expect from this kind of person and isn’t developed more than in a superficial way.

The film’s message about the way that science and industry look at events and opportunities in very diverse ways is not a new idea and they unfortunately can’t find a way to make this idea feel unique within the confines of this story which is quite unfortunate since this film’s premise has much more potential than is realized here.

Bottom Line – Really boring film that has a nice premise that just doesn’t work. There is no chemistry between any of the characters whatsoever. Hutton and Crouse both seem out of place in these roles and don;t allow us to care about what their characters are attempting to do. Lone is the best part of this film but he seems too much like a caricature instead of a well developed character. The idea of the film’s message about the way that science and industry look at events and opportunities from very different perspectives is done in the typical way that films depict these things and they fail to offer us anything more interesting or unique from that perspective which is quite unfortunate.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Fred Schepisi was fired by the studio and Producer Daniel Melnick, after Schepisi personally agreed to shoot “the original ending” from the original script as intended. However, Schepisi did not do this, and was immediately let go. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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