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An Early Frost (1985)

A young lawyer hasn't told his parents about his homosexuality. Now he must tell them--at a time when the diagnosis was still a death sentence--that he has AIDS.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Ron Cowen (teleplay), Daniel Lipman (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Katherine Pierson
Ben Gazzara ... Nick Pierson
Sylvia Sidney ... Beatrice McKenna
Aidan Quinn ... Michael Pierson
D.W. Moffett ... Peter Hilton
John Glover ... Victor DiMato
Sydney Walsh ... Susan Maracek
Terry O'Quinn ... Dr. Redding
Bill Paxton ... Bob Maracek
Cheryl Anderson ... Christine
Christopher Bradley ... Todd
Sue Ann Gilfillan Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Nurse Lincoln
Don Hood ... Dr. Gilbert
Barbara Hey Barbara Hey ... Meredith
Scott Jaeck ... Phil
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Storyline

Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He's forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he's a successful lawyer) and family. He, and the people around him, must face up to the inevitablity of his death and the disease that's killing him. "An Early Frost" was many people's first look at an AIDS victim as a human being instead of a statistic. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un printemps de glace See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Over 20 years after this movie was made, D.W. Moffett played Aidan Quinn's brother in an episode of Quinn's show The Book of Daniel (2006). Quinn says on the commentary track for this film that when the producers of "The Book of Daniel" were casting the brother role, they asked Quinn if he knew Moffett. Quinn told them he did, and recommended Moffett for the role, but deliberately omitted the fact that the last time they had worked together, they had played lovers for fear that the producers would then not want to cast them as brothers. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Michael Pierson: I love you.
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References I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) See more »

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An Early Frost
4 October 1998 | by Chris-229See all my reviews

This film was a very courageous undertaking by all who where involved, however the love between the two men was not believable. The emotions flowed, but the body language told me otherwise.


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