Ethan Frome (1993)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  12 March 1993 (USA)
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A new pastor arrives in a stark Vermont village and is intrigued by crippled, misshapen Ethan Frome living on an isolated, hardscrabble farm with his sickly wife Zeena.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Rood ...
Reverend Smith
Ned Hale
Phil Garran ...
Mr. Howe
Virginia Smith ...
Mrs. Howe
Annie Nessen ...
Mrs. Hale
Marcie Vaughan ...
Young Woman
Burt Porter ...
Harmon Gow
Rusty De Wees ...
Man at Post Office
Paul Donlon ...
Man at Post Office
Robert Nutt ...
Church Elder
David Dellinger ...
Funeral Minister


Based on the novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, it is about a husband and wife (Ethan and Zeena), who need an extra hand around the house due to Zeena's debilitated body and constant illness. The young woman who joins them is a beautiful, spirited person. She and Ethan fall in love much to the dismay of Zeena. Written by Jason Ihle <>

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A Forbidden Love Triangle Of Passion And Desire!


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »





Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ethan Frome - Um amor para sempre  »

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$296,081 (USA)

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Considering her hardscrabble life, meager circumstances, and the austerity of the community, one wonders where Mattie gets red lipstick to wear. See more »


In a winter scene early in the film, a Red-eyed Vireo can be heard singing in the dead of winter in Massachusetts. These birds winter in Amazonia, and arrive in Massachusetts in late spring. See more »


Zeena: [to Mattie after getting the last drop out of a bottle of cough syrup] \If you can get the taste out, that'll do for pickles.
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Watch this for Liam Neeson's performance
19 November 1999 | by (Des Moines, IA) – See all my reviews

Liam Neeson is astounding. The rest of the cast is very good as well. Though poor Joan Allen has the misfortune of being required to grate on the nerves. Tate Donovan was a nice find as well, as the new preacher in town, I think I enjoyed him more here than in any other film in which I've seen him.

Back, however, to Neeson. From the opening moments when you see him trudging through the snow to the sexual energy he exudes without showing skin to the final moments of deep pain and confusion, he is is phenomenal. He is THE reason to see this film.

It could have been that I was home ill (ironic when you consider the plot) when I saw the film, but I'm not so sure the pace wasn't a little below the speed necessary for people to get truly wrapped into the story and characters. Yet, I stuck through the whole thing, because I was transfixed by Neeson's performance.

He is one of the greats! I always feel warmed after watching him perform.

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