The Ice Storm script
The Ice Storm (1997)
Synopsis: The Ice Storm is a 1997 American 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, Katie Holmes, Glenn Fitzgerald, Jamey Sheridan, and Sigourney Weaver. Set during Thanksgiving 1973, The Ice Storm is about two dysfunctional New Canaan, Connecticut upper-class families who are trying to deal with tumultuous social changes of the early 1970s, and their escapism through alcohol, adultery, and sexual experimentation. The film opened in the United States on September 26, 1997. Its release was limited and it ultimately grossed US$8 million on a budget of US$18 million. A special two-disc DVD set was released as part of the Criterion Collection on March 18, 2008.

Paul's alarm clock rings. He slams his hand down on it and

jumps out of bed, fully clothed in his rumpled preppie

uniform of frayed khakis, loose tie, shirt with one tail

untucked in, etc. Across the room, Francis beckons from his

desk, as he finishes loading up a four-foot-high bong.

FRANCIS:

Arise and shine, young Hood.

PAUL:

I hope you changed the water in

that bong from last night.

FRANCIS:

(finishing a hit)

The water, as you call it, is a

special mixture of amaretto and

Ben&Ben blended for just the exact

chemical interaction with the last

of our precious Thai stick.

Paul reluctantly walks over and takes a hit. He coughs,

spewing uninhaled smoke.

FRANCIS (CONT'D)

Waste not Master Hood -- that was

$20 for the bag.

PAUL:

(gathering books, papers,

almost talking to

himself)

Man, Francis, you are one drug

addled elitist freak, and when the

revolution comes I do not want to

be lined up with you and shot,

'cause you're fucking ripe for

political reeducation, you know,

like in the fields.

FRANCIS:

Paul, cancel your mental

appointments, baby. What are you,

like still stoned from last night?

PAUL:

(spraying some chloroform

mouth spray)

I gotta get to English class.

INT. ST PETERS' CLASSROOM. DAY

An English class in progress.

Paul Hood sits blankly, hardly listening, until he hears the

teacher call out.

TEACHER:

Libbets?

LIBBETS:

What Dostoyevsky is saying here is

that to be a Christian is to

choose, because you have to choose

of your own choice, but since you

can't choose to be good because

that would be too rational you have

to choose to be bad -- it's

existential.

TEACHER:

Thank you Libbets, that's a very

compelling summary, but --

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James Schamus

James Allan Schamus (born September 7, 1959) is an American award-winning screenwriter, co-founder of Good Machine production company, and the CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company, until its merging with FilmDistrict. more…

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