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* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' insult Kuklinski's family.

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* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' insult Kuklinski's family. Threatening them is an even worse idea.

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* RealityEnsues: Kuklinski's antics eventually result in his arrest and incarceration.

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* AdaptationNameChange:
** Kuklinski's wife Barbara is renamed Deborah.
** Robert Pronge is nicknamed "Mr. Freezy" instead of "Mr. Softee."


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* AmbiguousDisorder: Richard Kuklinsky is a slow speaker, has trouble maintaining his facial expressions, and has poor impulse control. It's all but stated to come from his abusive father.


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* DeathGlare: Deborah shoots her husband one [[spoiler: during his trial]].


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* FauxAffablyEvil:
** Pronge is generally casual, sells ice cream to kids, and doesn't mind using a job at a club as a chance to cut up the dance floor. He's also the single most ruthless and murderous character in the film.
** Kuklinski's brother Joseph is pretty jovial and seems happy to be an uncle, but is in jail for raping and killing a little girl.


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* GracefulLoser: Kuklinski manages to say "Good job" when he realizes that [[spoiler:Dominick set him up on a sting]].


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* HistoricalBeautyUpgrade: Played with. Creator/ChrisEvans has an edge over the real life Robert Pronge, but spends all but his last scene poorly dressed and groomed.


* LeaveNoWitnesses: After Kuklinski kills a pornographer, he finds a seventeen-year old girl hiding in his closet. He hauls her out onto the street and it's at that point he meets fellow hitman "Mr Freezy" Pronge for the first time, who tries to run her down with his [[BadHumorTruck ice cream truck]]. Kuklinski makes Pronge cease his pursuit at gunpoint, but when the two hitmen team up later on, the first thing Pronge shows him is the girl's body, which he has kept frozen for later disposal.

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* LeaveNoWitnesses: LeaveNoWitnesses:
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After Kuklinski kills a pornographer, he finds a seventeen-year old girl hiding in his closet. He hauls her out onto the street and it's at that point he meets fellow hitman "Mr Freezy" Pronge for the first time, who tries to run her down with his [[BadHumorTruck ice cream truck]]. Kuklinski makes Pronge cease his pursuit at gunpoint, but when the two hitmen team up later on, the first thing Pronge shows him is the girl's body, which he has kept frozen for later disposal.disposal.
** Ironically, Kuklinski himself is implied to have been a victim of this. A paragraph in the credits suggests he was killed to prevent him testifying against a Mafia underboss.

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* INeverToldYouMyName: Pronge mentions that he knows where Kuklinski lives, even though Richard never told him. It virtually seals his fate.


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* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: Pronge lets slip that he knows where Kuklinski lives. Big mistake.


* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Kuklinski and a lot of the people he deals with tytpically take this attitude.

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Kuklinski and a lot of the people he deals with tytpically typically take this attitude.

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Kuklinski and a lot of the people he deals with tytpically take this attitude.


* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The movie is based on Anthony Bruno's book ''Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer''. But that book was itself based on Kuklinski's own recollections, and he was a notoriously UnreliableNarrator. Even Bruno said he didn't believe a lot of the things Kuklinski told him. So it's debatable how much of the movie has any basis in fact.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The movie is very loosely based on Anthony Bruno's book ''Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer''. But that book was itself based on Kuklinski's own recollections, and he was a notoriously UnreliableNarrator. Even Bruno said he didn't believe a lot of the things Kuklinski told him. So it's debatable how much of the movie has any basis in fact.


* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The movie is based on Anthony Bruno's book ''Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer''. But that book was itself based on Kuklinski's own recollections, and he was a notoriously UnreliableNarrator. Even Bruno said he didn't believe a lot of the things Kuklinski told him. So it's doubtful how much of the movie has any basis in fact.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The movie is based on Anthony Bruno's book ''Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer''. But that book was itself based on Kuklinski's own recollections, and he was a notoriously UnreliableNarrator. Even Bruno said he didn't believe a lot of the things Kuklinski told him. So it's doubtful debatable how much of the movie has any basis in fact.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The movie is based on Anthony Bruno's book ''Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer''. But that book was itself based on Kuklinski's own recollections, and he was a notoriously UnreliableNarrator. Even Bruno said he didn't believe a lot of the things Kuklinski told him. So it's doubtful how much of the movie has any basis in fact.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: While he was a murderer, Kuklinski probably wasn't a legendary Mafia hitman like portrayed here. In reality, his known victims were just members of his burglary gang and a few small-time crooks he was doing business with.


* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: The film is based on Kuklinksi's prison confessions made after he was already serving a life sentence. There is little actual evidence that verifies any of Kuklinski's tall tales, making it much more likely that he was a simple psychopath who liked attention rather than the legendary assassin he claimed to have been.

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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: The film is based on Kuklinksi's prison confessions made after he was already serving a life sentence. There is little actual evidence that verifies any of Kuklinski's tall tales, making it tales; he was accused of Film/ForrestGump syndrome - inserting himself into famous mob hits that actually had nothing to do with him.[[note]]Such as his claim that he killed Jimmy Hoffa[[/note]] It is much more likely that he was a simple psychopath who liked attention rather than the legendary assassin he claimed to have been.

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* BigBad: Roy Demeo, the mob boss who initially hired Kuklinski [[spoiler:and ends up opposing him by film's end]].


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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After being arrested for his crimes, Kuklinski is abandoned by his family and sentenced to two life sentences wracked in guilt. He decides to turn state witness on a Gambino family underboss, but dies in prison days before he can, with foul play being suspected.]]


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* VillainProtagonist: Richard Kuklinski, a hitman who killed over 100 people over the course of his career.


A 2012 docudrama detailing the life and crimes of Richard Kuklinski (Creator/MichaelShannon), a New Jersey family man with a secret life as a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman for the Mob]] in TheSeventies. His nickname came from both his nerves of steel and one of his kill techniques: freezing corpses for several months to disguise the time of death. Creator/WinonaRyder plays his unsuspecting wife Deborah, Ray Liotta is Roy [=DeMeo=], the mid-level boss who recruits Kuklinski, and Creator/ChrisEvans is rival shooter and occasional partner Robert "Mr. Freezy" Pronge.

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A 2012 docudrama detailing the life and crimes of Richard Kuklinski (Creator/MichaelShannon), a New Jersey family man with a secret life as a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman for the Mob]] in TheSeventies. His nickname came from both his nerves of steel and one of his kill techniques: freezing corpses for several months to disguise the time of death. Creator/WinonaRyder plays his unsuspecting wife Deborah, Ray Liotta Creator/RayLiotta is Roy [=DeMeo=], the mid-level boss who recruits Kuklinski, and Creator/ChrisEvans is rival shooter and occasional partner Robert "Mr. Freezy" Pronge.

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