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

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

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 <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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A Forbidden Love Triangle Of Passion And Desire!

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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12 March 1993 (USA)  »

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Ethan Frome - Um amor para sempre  »

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$296,081 (USA)
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Trivia

In the original Edith Wharton novel, the stranger in town who takes an interest in Ethan is not a new pastor but a businessman temporarily staying in the area. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Version of The DuPont Show of the Month: Ethan Frome (1960) See more »

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Turkey in the Straw
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Played at square dance
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9 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I must say outright that this book is one of the best Edith Wharton books you could possibly read, so I was a little dubious going into this film.

I was pleasantly surprised though by the detail and care that the director and actors put into it, although I would quibble with one point- I found that rather than the Whartonian 'repression', the performers seemed to be awkwardly stumbling with their emotions- it's a fine line to be sure.

Liam Neeson does a wonderful job in this film, beautifully nuanced performance, and Joan Allen (as always) just about walks away with the film.

Absolutely worth a viewing, but try the book first, it's superb.


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