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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


The town of the story, Starkfield, is fictitious. 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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Version of The DuPont Show of the Month: Ethan Frome (1960) See more »


Turkey in the Straw
Played at square dance
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Engaging little piece of drama.
27 June 2014 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the more enjoyable novels I have read in high school and I think this film adaptation fits the book very well. It is about the life of husband Ethan Frome (Liam Leeson) and his disabled wife, Zeena Frome (Joan Allen). They hire a young woman, Mattie Silver (Patricia Arquette), to help tend to household needs and, as time passes, she and Ethan fall in love.

I've found this movie to be quite enjoyable and engaging, as its drama and plot are enthralling and beautifully depicted. The plot does flow well as the movie is faithfully executed in accordance with the novel and the acting is quite astounding for the most part. The characters especially the three leads are sympathetic and phenomenal - you feel the suffering Zeena's illness is causing her and the complexity surrounding the forbidden love of Ethan and Mattie. The simplicity of the Victorian town the movie is set in and the snowy weather give the story a solemn atmosphere.

If you have read the novel before watching this film, you will still feel intrigued by the plot and find the course of the events suspenseful, wondering how everything will play out at the end. It's a good piece of movie drama that is a must-see.

Grade B+

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