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Cool as Ice

Theatrical release poster.
Directed by David Kellogg
Produced by Martin Bandier
Shep Gordon
Charles Koppelman
Written by David Stenn
Starring Vanilla Ice
Kristin Minter
John Haymes Newton
Allison Dean
Michael Gross
Music by Stanley Clarke
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Editing by Debra Goldfield
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 18, 1991
Running time 100 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $6,000,000 (estimate)

Cool as Ice is a 1991 musical romance film directed by David Kellogg and starring rapper Vanilla Ice in his feature film debut. The film, a loose remake of Rebel Without a Cause, focuses on the character of Johnny, a freewheeling, motorcycle-riding rapper who arrives in a small town and meets Kathy, an honor student who catches his eye. Meanwhile, Kathy's father, who is in witness protection, is found by the corrupt police officers he escaped from years ago. The film was developed as a vehicle for Vanilla Ice, but was commercially and critically unsuccessful.




Filming began in April 1991.[1] The role of Kathy was offered to future Academy Award winner for Best Actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Her father Bruce Paltrow forbade her from accepting it due to the script's sexual content.[2] The Director of Photography of the film was future Schindler's List and Minority Report cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.


The film's soundtrack album contained four new songs by Vanilla Ice, as well as other material. It peaked at #89 on the Billboard 200.[3]


The film opened in 393 theaters in the United States, grossing $638,000, ranking at #14 among the week's new releases.[4] Reviews of the film were negative. Film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, gives the film a score of 8%.[5] Blender ranked Van Winkle's performance in the film as the seventh worst performance by a musician turned actor.[6] Director David Kellogg later disowned the film.[7]


  1. ^ "That's a Rap!". Los Angeles Times. February 24, 1991.!%26pqatl%3Dgoogle&ei=SoiySbzELNqLgQfKvJHCCg&usg=AFQjCNGs9TDfpLXcsG9BSI2ySpwzU62bAg. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Smith, Steven (April 22, 1998). "Here and Now". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Charts and awards for Vanilla Ice". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Nirvana Meet World, Vanilla Ice Tanks, Kid 'N Play Party: This Week In 1991". MTV News. October 28, 2002. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Tomatometer for Cool as Ice". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  6. ^ Crouse, Richard, ed (2005). Reel Winners: Movie Award Trivia. Dundurn Press Ltd.. p. 216. ISBN 1550025740. 
  7. ^ "Action, Adventure, War & Westerns". The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide. Sasquatch Books. 2004. p. 383. ISBN 1570614156. 

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