A Psychological Look At The Iceman Movie (2012)
The Iceman Movie (2012) promises to give the audience an intense, psychological look at the true story of Richard Kuklinski, a cold and deeply deranged contract killer who murdered over 100, and possibly up to 250 men (he reportedly never murdered a female).
The Iceman (2012) movie is based on the book ‘The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer’ by Anthony Bruno. Michael Shannon, best known for his roles in Vanilla Sky and Pearl Harbor, will play the role of Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski. Also starring in ‘The Iceman’ are Winona Ryder, James Franco, Ray Liotta, Stephen Dorff, and David Schwimmer.
Richard Leonard “The Iceman” Kuklinski was born in 1935 and resided in Jersey City as a child. His father was a Polish immigrant, and his mother was the daughter of Irish immigrants. He was often referred to as ‘The Polack’ because of his Polish Heritage or as ‘Big Guy because of his large stature and weight. Kuklinski was 6’ 5” and 300 pounds.
The Iceman’s father, Stanley Kuklinski, was said to be very abusive towards his children and wife, Anna. Stanley also had drinking problems. The eldest son, Florian, was reportedly beaten to death by his father. The Kuklinski family tried to cover up Florian’s death by saying that he fell down a flight of stairs. The Iceman’s mother, Anna, was also said to be abusive towards the children and often beat them with a broom.
The Iceman’s first murder occurred at the young age of 13. Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski had been repeatedly beaten by a gang of teen boys called the ‘Project Boys.’ Richard got revenge on one of the ‘Project Boys’ and beat him to death. Richard Kuklinski knew enough to chop the fingers off the dead body, and remove the teeth, prior to tossing it off a bridge.
The Iceman’s killings continued and he was best known for being a cold pool shark. Many organized crime families sought out Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski because of his cold ways and methods for killing people. Kuklinski was contracted by the Gambino and DeMeo families.
The Iceman’s preferred killing method was cyanide since it was hard to trace in toxicology tests. Kuklinski would rid of bodies by putting them in large oil drums, or putting them in the trunks of cars that would get crushed in the junkyard. Kuklinski received the name ‘Ice Man’ because he learned to put bodies in industrial freezers to disguise the exact time of death.
In the middle of being a career hit man he married Barbara Pedrici and had two daughters and a son with her. Neighbors never suspected anything, and just thought that Richard Kuklinski was a professional making a good living.
Psychological take: Sociopathy lasts forever, and there is no cure for the full blown sociopath. Sociopathy (Antisocial Personality Disorder) is due in part to faulty brain wiring, but is magnified by emotional and physical abuse in childhood. The combination of having his father’s DNA and physical/emotional abuse as a child (coupled with the extreme bullying) led to full blown sociopath status.
There is no cure for the condition, and most sociopaths end up in prison for life. Women that marry sociopaths often assume much of the blame and this could be seen with Kuklinski’s wife who stated, “My husband is a good man, a kind man – a great father. All my children’s friends are always saying they wish they had a dad like my husband – like Richard” on the day of her husband’s arrest.
The Iceman (2012) premieres at the Venice Film Festival, but does not have a theatre release date set yet. The Iceman (2012) will be seeking a distributor through the festival circuit.
The Real Richard Kuklinski “The Iceman”:
Directed by: Ariel Vromen
Based on the Book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer” by Anthony Bruno
Screenplay: Ariel Vromen and Morgan Land
Cast of “The Iceman” (2012):
Chris Evans – Robert Pronge (Kuklinski’s mentor assassin)
James Franco – Marty
Michael Shannon – Richard Kuklinski
Winona Ryder – Deborah Kuklinski (wife of Richard)
David Schwimmer – Josh Rosenthal (Killer)
Ray Liotta – Roy DeMeo
Stephen Dorff – Joey Kuklinski
Erin Cummings – Ellen
Garrett Kruithof – Stanley Kuklinski
Runtime – 103 Minutes
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