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 looks at her, smitten. Marge, Paul's friend, notices his

look.

INT. ST. PETER'S HALLWAY. DAY

As class lets out, Paul accosts Libbets.

PAUL:

Um, Libbets. Hey, Dostoyevsky, I'm

also really a fan, and what you

were saying, you know, have you

ever read The Idiot?

LIBBETS:

The Idiot?

PAUL:

If you liked Notes from

Underground, you'll love The Idiot.

LIBBETS:

(turning to go)

Great, thanks for the tip.

PAUL:

(after her)

The Idiot.

INT. ST. PETER'S HALLWAY. DAY

Paul walks with Marge.

PAUL:

I'm in love with Libbets Casey.

MARGE:

Yeah, well, you've been in love

with like every other girl here, I

was wondering when you'd get around

to Libbets.

PAUL:

It's beyond mere physical

attraction.

MARGE:

That's good, because I don't think

Libbets is capable of the sex act.

PAUL:

Truly? Do speak.

MARGE:

My diagnosis is messed in the head.

A poor little rich girl -- I mean

check out the jeans and fur look.

And lend your ears to this

brutality. Like her mom and step

dad and her step-sisters are going

to Switzerland to ski over

Thanksgiving break -- and like they

didn't invite her!

PAUL:

How do you know this shit?

MARGE:

They did it last year too. It's

like traditional or something.

They've got this humongoid Park Ave

apartment and she just holes up

there with a wad of cash.

(beat)

Aren't the hugely wealthy sad?

PAUL:

(pause)

You think Francis is going to beat

me to the punch here?

MARGE:

Since he sleeps with every girl you

ever show an interest in, why don't

you just keep your Libbets thing a

secret from him?

PAUL:

Good thinking Marge.

INT. SCHOOL PARTY. NIGHT

Paul, Francis and friends enter the dark, crowded room.

Various kids are awkwardly dancing to some progressive fm

style undanceable rock (Jethro Tull, etc.) Francis hands Paul

the tail end of a joint, but Paul waves it away.

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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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