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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

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Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

Michael Pierson: It's not just pneumonia, mom. I have AIDS.
Katherine Pierson: AIDS?
Michael Pierson: It's a disease...
Nick Pierson: Yeah, I know what it is.
Katherine Pierson: Michael, that's impossible. Who told you such a thing?
Michael Pierson: The doctors did their tests.
Katherine Pierson: No, AIDS is that disease...
Michael Pierson: I'm gay, mom.
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An Early Crusade
11 January 2003 | by guil12See all my reviews

This 1985 TV Movie, was early for it's time in bringing out the truth of the "gay" disease of A.I.D.S. It showed great courage and sensitivity in it's telling the story of a young gay attorney, played with incredible honesty by Aidan Quinn, who comes down with the illness and must proceed to tell his parents, played with equal honesty by Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara of his lifestyle let alone that he is sick.

This is a must see film. It still holds up in it's approach to not only tell the story but educate us as to the disease and how it can affect those around us. It was written by Ron Cowen (QUEER AS FOLK writer and SUMMERTREE) and Daniel Lipman and well directed by John Erman. Also in this astounding cast are Sylvia Sidney, one of her last appearances, as the Grandmother who is not afraid to hold and love her grandson, D.W. Moffett, prior to his CROSSING JORDAN TV series, as the lover to Quinn who might have given him the disease through a disloyal tryst in the baths, Sydney Walsh as the pregnant sister afraid to touch her brother for fear he might infect her unborn child. Don't worry she eventually comes around to his side and John Glover, that underrated actor, LOVE VALOUR COMPASSION, as a man dying of the disease whom Quinn befriends in the hospital. Glover looks so much like the dying man he portrays, it's frightening.

This film seemed to be a labor of love for certainly all the actors were giving such dedicated performances. And some of the moments were so real you felt it in your heart. This is one of Quinn's early performances before he went on to do such films as LEGENDS OF THE FALL. He brings gentleness and sensitivity to the role. I'd like to see him do the story of Montgomery Clift one day as he reminds me of Clift's style of acting. The relationship between Quinn and Moffett was well played and not stereotyped. The scene when Quinn tells his parents his disease was brilliant. You could feel in their not saying a word what was going on in their hearts.

A beautiful film, ahead of it's time, brilliantly presented with such an accomplished roster of performers, director and writers.


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