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Ethan Frome (1993)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 12 March 1993 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

Richard Nelson, Edith Wharton (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Ethan Frome
Gil Rood Gil Rood ... Conductor
Tate Donovan ... Reverend Smith
Stephen Mendillo ... Ned Hale
Phil Garran Phil Garran ... Mr. Howe
Virginia Smith Virginia Smith ... Mrs. Howe
Annie Nessen Annie Nessen ... Sarah Anne Howe
Katharine Houghton ... Mrs. Hale
Marcie Vaughan Marcie Vaughan ... Young Woman
Burt Porter Burt Porter ... Harmon Gow
Rusty De Wees Rusty De Wees ... Man at Post Office
Paul Donlon Paul Donlon ... Man at Post Office
Joan Allen ... Zeena
Robert Nutt Robert Nutt ... Church Elder
David Dellinger 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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The town of the story, Starkfield, is fictitious. 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

Mattie Silver: If I miss my train, where will I go?
Ethan Frome: Where will you go if you catch it?
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Rakes of Mallow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played at square dance
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The book should be better
3 March 2013 | by jwills-5See all my reviews

Based on the book by Edith Wharton, XIX century renowned American writer, is a drama that reflects in a painful way the sufferings of a poor peasant family in rural New England. Blend in the community that makes up this social group as well as in the family are elements of discrimination, abuse, confusion of values, insecurities, of indifference, lack of solidarity and passion that give the viewer a grim and sad picture about human dignity. An unknown narrator takes care to present the story to the viewer in flashback after the arrival of a new pastor who decide to visit his parishioners one by one until it meets with the main characters. The feeling that is transmitted, despite the excellent photography and beautiful winter scenery is depression and pain. Good performance by Liam Neeson. The book should be better.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ethan Frome - La storia di un amore proibito See more »

Filming Locations:

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,623, 14 March 1993

Gross USA:

$296,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$296,081
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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