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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Katherine Pierson
... Nick Pierson
... Beatrice McKenna
... Michael Pierson
... Peter Hilton
... Victor DiMato
... Susan Maracek
... Dr. Redding
... Bob Maracek
... Christine
... Todd
Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Nurse Lincoln
... Dr. Gilbert
Barbara Hey ... Meredith
... Phil
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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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11 November 1985 (USA)  »

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This was the first feature film about AIDS made either for TV or theater release. See more »

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Michael Pierson: I love you.
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Referenced in The Practice: An Early Frost (2001) See more »

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Memory Lane
23 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I don't know why I do this to myself. I've been HIV+ since 1994, and every once in awhile, I feel the need to torture myself and watch something like this. I remember clearly when it was first on. It didn't mean much to me then, but I just watched it tonight on LOGO, and I cried my eyes out. The information on AIDS is soooo dated, but the emotions are so real. Aiden Quinn was terrific, as were Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara. John Glover seems to have made a mini-career out of playing the role he plays here, as he played it again in "Love, Valour, Compassion" (also excellent). Whatever happened to D.W. Moffat? I think, if I recall correctly, that this was the first movie or TV show to really deal with AIDS. The disease had only been named in 1981, so it was only 4 years later. It still holds up.


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