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The Ice Storm

(1997)

Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, ...
Image credit: The Ice Storm: Barry Wetcher

Thanksgiving movies: ''The Ice Storm''

PILGRIMS In 1973, prep student Paul Hood (Tobey Maguire, right) returns to New Canaan, Conn., to spend Thanksgiving with his parents (Kevin Kline and Joan Allen) and his sister, Wendy (Christina Ricci, left), but also to escape to New York City for the weekend to visit his crush, classmate Libbets Casey (Katie Holmes).

FAMILY SECRET Dad is having a joyless affair with next-door neighbor Janey Carver (Sigourney Weaver).

MEMORABLE LINE Wendy says grace: ''Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday. And for all the material possessions we have and enjoy. And for letting us white people kill all the Indians and steal their tribal lands. And stuff ourselves like pigs, even though children in Asia are being napalmed.''

SIDE DISH Ricci, playing Wednesday in Addams Family Values, expanded on that same theme when she commandeered a Thanksgiving pageant so that it ended with Indians making war on the pilgrims.

REASON TO BE THANKFUL The '70s are long over, and today's family gatherings are much more enlightened and less tense than this one — aren't they?

Originally posted Nov 19, 2004
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