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, 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 political and social changes of the early 1970s, and their escapism through alcohol, adultery, and sexual experimentation.
Upon the film's opening in the United States on October 31, 1997, its release was limited and grossed only US$8 million on a budget of US$18 million, making it a bomb at the box office, even though it garnered positive reviews. A new special two-disc DVD set was also released as a part of the Criterion Collection on March 18, 2008.
Ben, Elena, and their children, 16-year-old Paul and 14-year-old Wendy. And their neighbors, the Carvers, include Jim, Janey, and their children: Mikey and Sandy.