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Year
1984
Runtime
100 min.
Director
Fred Schepisi
Genres
Drama, Sci-Fi
Rating *
6.1
Votes *
4,615
Checks
252
Favs
4
Dislikes
4
Favs/checks
1.6% (1:63)
Favs/dislikes
1:1
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  1. traistboar's avatar

    traistboar

    This story could have gone so many ways that it makes it hard to criticize. But it seems to me to be unrealistic in so many ways. Think of the humans' behavior in 'Fire in the Sky' as to be a more appropriate response to advanced life forms. 11 months 4 weeks ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I saw Iceman in theaters when I was 12 or 13, and I remember being quite struck by it. So tragic! I think I may have shouted "PITA!!!!" a lot after this. And while my adult brain didn't think it too exciting, I still have a lot of affection for it. For most audiences, I think it will depend on whether or not they are fans of caveman movies. Because let's face it, having one (or all, in the case of things like Quest for Fire) characters communicate with grunts and sign language isn't everyone's cup of tea. In this case, there's only one Neanderthal, found in the ice by a scientific expedition in the Arctic. He is someone revived (they make you believe it), but it is not then a fish out of water integration story (à la Encino Man). Rather, this is one of those scientific examination films that tries to truthfully answer the question as to how we would handle such a discovery. It thus has more in common with, say, Born Free than it does Captain America. Timothy Hutton is the empathetic anthropologist who reaches out to "Charley", and cold Lindsay Crouse thaws out a bit more than usual after a while as the doctor who sees an opportunity for other kinds of research. Charley has his own agenda, and part of the mystery is understanding it. Nice exotic-sounding score. Not keen on the cheesy slow-mo in the climax, but overall, this is a thoughtful science-fiction film and I still appreciate it. 2 years 2 months ago
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