The Iceman Cometh is a 1973 American drama film directed by John Frankenheimer. The screenplay, written by Thomas Quinn Curtiss , is based on Eugene O'Neill 's 1946 play of the same name . The film was produced by Ely Landau for the American Film Theatre , which from 1973 to 1975 presented thirteen film adaptations of noted plays.
The film had a 31-day shooting schedule and $5.8 million budget. The film was filmed in Tennessee State Penitentiary near Nashville, Tennessee and in Clarksville, Tennessee in the spring of 1993. Michael Smith, who never worked in a prison again, was located with the help of private investigators.