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The Iceman Cometh…to AMC

Widely considered one of the more intelligent sci-fi movies of the 1980s, Iceman (showing on AMC Oct. 3, at 12:45 am and 1 pm) opens with a nod to the 1950s classic The Thing From Another World: in the arctic, a drilling crew discovers a body that has been frozen in the ice. Scientists determine that it is a Neanderthal man, 40,000 years old. So quickly was he frozen that his body is miraculously intact—and when he thaws, he returns to life.

So far it sounds like the opening of your typical cheeseball sci-fi movie. But that’s not where this film goes. As directed by Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation), Iceman is more interested in scientific and philosophical questions than thrills and, um, chills. Once the Iceman’s basic intelligence is established and his future questioned, the film faces the primal question—what is a man?

Iceman was something of a box office disappointment but as Richard Scheib points out in a well-written review at Moria, the film is only slow-moving if you judge it in terms of explosions rather than ideas. Iceman is a gem that has yet to fully find the audience it deserves.

Here’s your chance.

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