Cool as Ice

October 18th, 1991


Cool as Ice

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A rap oriented re-make of "Rebel Without a Cause," with heavy emphasis on the fact that rap star Vanilla Ice has assumed the James Dean role.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 2.3/10 (5,476 voted)

Director: David Kellogg

Stars: Vanilla Ice, Kristin Minter, Naomi Campbell

The old teen rebel saga is updated for the rap crowd, unfortunately rapper Vanilla Ice is the teen. Ice shows up on a neon-yellow motorcycle which gets everyone's attention, including the female honor student who has never had a rebellious bone in her body.

Naomi Campbell - Singer at First Club
Vanilla Ice - Johnny
Deezer D - Jazz (as Deezer D.)
Kevin Hicks - Sir D.
Allison Dean - Princess
Bobbie Brown - Monique (as Bobby Brown)
Kristin Minter - Kathy
Sydney Lassick - Roscoe
Dody Goodman - Mae
John Newton - Nick (as John Haymes Newton)
Candy Clark - Grace
Michael Gross - Gordon
Victor DiMattia - Tommy
Brooke Alexander - Reporter
Jack McGee - Clarke

Taglines: When a girl has a heart of stone, there's only one way to melt it. Just add Ice.

Release Date: 18 October 1991

Filming Locations: Glendora, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $638,625 (USA) (20 October 1991) (393 Screens)

Gross: $1,193,062 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Johnny Van Owen's jacket has the following phrases/words/symbols embroidered on it: DANGER, DEEP, Down by law, FREEZE, HYPE, ICE, Lust, ah yeah!, ROLLIN, sex me up, yep yep, ? (question mark), DOPE and the letters "JK" surrounded by a star.

Crew or equipment visible: When Johnny step out from Kathy room through window and lawn sprinklers start working, Johnny jumps over camera rails.

Johnny: You're not wasting my time, I'm just cooling.

User Review

20 thumbs up!

Rating: 2/10

Every once in a while a film comes along that changes the way we look at cinema. A film that redefines the art of movie-making and lives with the viewer long after he/she has experienced it. You may hear the critics mutter the words Star Wars, Citizen Kane or Gone With the Wind but, obviously, they don't know Ice, they don't know him at all.

If ever there was a movie that proved the Oscars are a farce, it's Cool as Ice. It clearly got snubbed and I guess we'll never know why. The only reason I can fathom is the academy's fear of the Ice man's Day-glo clashing with the red carpet. Clearly the better solution would have been a Day-glo carpet.

Maybe I'm a little biased because I see so much of myself in Ice's character and the personal journey he embarks on in the film. I, too, am a complex, misunderstood white male, searching for identity and a good lawn on which to do the running man. I also have a way with words and a way with the ladies and, gosh darn it, I just love to impress country folk with my fly threads and dope moves on the dance floor, yep yep.

The script is a work of art and is destined to become a textbook example for its conflict, character development and subtext. I can't decide who the bigger genius is: The writer or Vanilla Ice, himself, because let's face it it's not just the lines but the delivery of them. "Lose the zero, get with the hero" - pure gold.

Do what ever it takes to see this film. Beg, borrow, steal or even buy it. For all those who still wear Day-glo clothing or caps with polished metal logos, who still shave lines into their eyebrows or just consider themselves romantics, Vanilla will reinforce what you already know: You are Cool as Ice. It's also a hell of a lot better than watching Vanilla on Celebrity Boxing, no really it is.


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