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BLACK ICE

In helping a beautiful woman escape a vengeful mob boss, a naïve young stockbroker becomes entangled in a web of deceit, murder, and revenge.

Pete Malloy meets Midge Sinclair one night when his speeding car sideswipes hers on an icy back road. He decides to take the unconscious Midge to a hospital, not knowing an important ledger stolen from mob boss and lover Antonio D'Allesandro is in the back seat of her car.

Before getting to the hospital, Midge wakes up and demands Pete take her back to her car, but when they return, the car is gone. They trace the car to a chop shop run by Virgil Clemmer. Just as Midge asks Virgil for the ledger, D'Allesandro and his thugs show up. A gun battle breaks out. Virgil's son is killed, Virgil is trapped when the shop explodes, and Pete and Midge escape in the confusion with the ledger.

After escaping, Midge kisses Pete then suddenly pulls a gun on him, and forces him out of the car. Later, Pete comes upon an accident and sees Midge's limp body taken from the car. An FBI agent, Ross Lanier, tells Pete that Midge was supposed to have delivered the ledger to him hours ago.

Blaming himself for Midge's death, the depressed Pete gets away to a southern resort at the urging of a sympathetic FBI rookie.

There Pete sees a waitress, Carla, who resembles Midge. He trails her to a beachfront house, where Carla finally admits to being Midge, saying Lanier forced her to fake her death and enter the witness protection program.

After a night of passionate love-making, Pete promises to return in the morning. But later that night Midge's roommate is killed and Midge kidnapped by D'Allesandro's thugs. The police believe Pete committted the crimes and chase him to a swamp, where they think alligators kill him. But Pete escapes, steals a car, and heads north to save Midge.

At home Pete finds a severely-scarred Virgil Clemmer waiting for him. In avenging his son's death, Virgil agrees to help Pete, and together they rush to D'Allesandro's mansion to rescue Midge.

Written by:
Format:
Screenplay
Budget:
Big
Starring Roles For:
James McAvoy
Charlize Theron
Ian McShane
In the Vein Of:
Vertigo
Obsession
Posted:
06/16/2008
Updated:
09/07/2019
Author Bio:
An award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Numerous plays produced and three published. Several screenplays optioned. Recipient of three scriptwriting fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Also a member of SAG-AFTRA.

Contest Results:
Austin Fest Film (Quarterfinalist) [1995]
Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition (Quarterfinalist) [1997]