Icebreaker is a low-budget 2000 action film produced by Edgewood Studios, which starred Bruce Campbell as a terminally ill terrorist who takes over a ski resort in order to retrieve weapons-grade plutonium from a crashed plane. He is opposed only by a ski patrol bum (Sean Astin), his father-in-law (Stacy Keach), various quirky ski resort employees, and a law enforcement task force which seems conspicuously and unrealistically small (a few FBI agents and local cops) for a nuclear terrorism threat, even pre-9/11. The movie was filmed in the winter months of 1998-1999 at the real-life Killington Ski Resort in Vermont, and was promoted as "Die Hard on the ski slopes," even though the production budget was insufficient to do the concept justice. This was also one of the last films for which Stembridge Gun Rentals provided weapons, prior to closing its doors in 1999.
The following weapons were used in the film Icebreaker:
Carl Greig (Bruce Campbell) carries a nickel-plated SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm throughout the movie, which is equipped with factory wood grips. The P226 from this movie is the same one that was previously used by Powers Boothe in Rapid Fire.
The mercenary leader Sondra (Alison Lees-Taylor) is seen pointing a SIG-Sauer P228 at Carl Greig during the confrontation at the farmhouse, though she is later seen using a Glock 17 during the snowmobile chase. A SIG P228 is also glimpsed throughout the film in the holster of FBI Special Agent Will Langley (John James), though during the farmhouse shootout, he carries a Glock instead.
Most of the terrorists and law enforcement officers in the film carry 2nd Generation Glock 17s as their sidearms. FBI Agent Will Langley (John James) carries a Glock 17 in the farmhouse shootout, even though he later is seen with a SIG-Sauer P228 in his holster throughout the film.
Submachine guns/Machine pistols
Heckler & Koch HK94A3 (rubber)
Throughout the film, terrorists are seen using HK94A3 carbines with short barrels that are meant to pass for Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine guns. Matt Foster (Sean Astin) is also seen using one of these weapons after retrieving it from a terrorist. However, the weapons are actually rubber prop casts of real HK94A3s, as is evident from the fact that their front sights are filled-in, and also the fact that they are never fired in the film. Whenever the terrorists fire their weapons, they turn into real Heckler & Koch SP89s firing blanks.
Heckler & Koch SP89
As mentioned above: The terrorists use Heckler & Koch SP89s whenever they fire their MP5A3s (actually rubber casts of short-barreled HK94A3s). The production did not hire a qualified armorer to handle NFA weapons; rather, the firearms handler was one of the special effects technicians. Thus, the film does not feature the actual full-auto HK94s that Stembridge Gun Rentals provided to various productions since the 1980s (e.g. Lethal Weapon, Predator, Die Hard, and Air Force One), only the rubber stunt versions of those guns.
Heckler & Koch HK91A3
Heckler & Koch HK91A3s equipped with bipods are the main weapons of Carl Greig's (Bruce Campbell's) terrorists throughout the movie. They are also used by some of the SWAT team officers. Near the end of the film, Bill Foster (Stacy Keach) is seen handling one.
Colt AR-15 Sporter II
The police SWAT team mostly uses Colt AR-15 Sporter II (SPII) rifles, fitted with M16A2-style hand guards, as their main weapons. A scoped version is used by an FBI sniper in a helicopter. One of these weapons is also used by the resort manager Clay (Rick Kincaid) after he takes it from the SWAT van.
Rubber M16A2s are seen in the hands of the SWAT team officers, and also one of the terrorists during the confrontation at the farmhouse. These rubber prop weapons are always replaced by real Colt AR-15 Sporter II rifles for firing scenes.
Mock-up rocket launcher
Throughout the movie, the terrorists are seen deploying unusual rocket launchers, which are first deployed to shoot down the FBI Agents' helicopter during a confrontation at the ski lodge. Carl Greig (Bruce Campbell) is also seen using one in the final scene of the film. The launchers feature a thermal targeting system and are apparently capable of operating as either surface-to-air or surface-to-surface (e.g., anti-tank) weapons. Cyrillic characters on the launchers' targeting systems suggests that they are meant to be Russian-origin, perhaps similar to the SA-7 Grail. The props themselves, however, are a fictitious design that was created specially for the movie by the special effects team.