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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Perry Lafferty said that NBC lost $500,000 in revenue because clients were afraid to have their advertisements shown during the broadcast. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Michael Pierson: I love you.
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Referenced in People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia' (2003) See more »

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Still absorbing 23 years after it was released
11 November 2008 | by palinlondonSee all my reviews

It's hard to believe that 'An Early Frost' was made for TV in 1985. I watched it for the first time on 11 November 2008 - 23 years after it was released - and I found it surprisingly fresh and enduring. Although it's an important historic record of the early response to AIDS (and for that reason alone is worth watching) it's more an exploration of family love and courage. The script is well-written, production values are high and the acting is uniformly excellent. Sylvia Sidney won a Golden Globe for her part as the grandmother, but the other main actors including Aidan Quinn (as the young man suffering from AIDS), Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands (playing his parents) are all excellent. A very rewarding experience.


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