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Thin Ice Details


A salesman in a slump turns to a life of crime in this comedy-drama from filmmaker Jill Sprecher. Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is an insurance salesman living and working in rural Wisconsin. Mickey likes to believe that he's a talented salesman who can talk anyone in to buying a policy, but the truth is his career has hit the skids, he's struggling to make ends meet, and his divorce from his wife Jo Ann (Lea Thompson) has shaken his confidence. Mickey and his new partner Bob Egan (David Harbour) are able to sell a policy to elderly farmer Gorvy Hauer (Alan Arkin), though Gorvy seems more interested in having someone come by and fix his television than discussing his financial future. One day, Mickey is paying Gorvy a visit when he makes a remarkable discovery -- the old violin in his living room is a vintage one worth $30,000. Seeing an easy payday, Mickey begins hatching a scheme to get the instrument away from Gorvy and into the hands of a violin dealer, but his plan gets more complicated at every turn and eventually goes from difficult to dangerous. Also starring Bob Balaban and Billy Crudup, The Convincer (aka Thin Ice) was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 17, 2012


Greg Kinnear
as Mickey Prohaska
Alan Arkin
as Gorvy Hauer
Billy Crudup
as Randy
Bob Balaban
as Leonard Dahl
Lea Thompson
as Jo Ann Prohaska
David Harbour
as Bob Egan
Michelle Arthur
as Karla Gruenke
Jennifer Edwards
as Sherri
Jim Detmar
as Glen Vandenhoevel
Joe Minjares
as Hotel Manager
Peter Thoemke
as Frank Richie
Alan Johnson
as Bill Morton
Alec George
as Shane
Tony Papenfuss
as Buckhorn Bartender
John Elsen
as Patrol Cop
Gary Groomes
as Traveler
Mike Hagerty
as Jerry
Wayne Morton
as The Real Gorvy


Jill Sprecher
Elizabeth Redleaf
Jill Sprecher
Karen Sprecher
Dick Pope
Doug Bernheim
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Lee Percy
Jeff Schoen
Production Designer
Alan Arkin
Executive Producer
Jill Broadfoot
Set Decorator
Tere Duncan
Costume Designer
Dick Pope
Camera Operator
Jeanne McCarthy
Lynn Blumenthal
Mark Wojahn
Properties Master
Nicholas Langholff
Second Assistant Director
Paul Hsu
Re-Recording Mixer
Robert Shoup
Sound Effects Editor
Lora Hirschberg
Re-Recording Mixer
Cheryl Nardi
Supervising Sound Editor
Julie Hartley
Line Producer
Frank Eulner
Sound Effects Editor