An Early Frost (1985)





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Originally telecast November 11, 1985, An Early Frost was the first TV movie to deal with the subject of AIDS. Aidan Quinn plays a personable young gay lawyer who is stricken with the HIV virus. As his health deteriorates, Quinn finds that his physical agony is secondary to his mental anguish. Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands play Quinn's parents, who must not only come to grips with their son's impending death, but with their own long-standing fears and prejudices concerning homosexuality. No easy answers are offered in this realistic drama, which also stars Sylvia Sidney as Quinn's grandmother and John Glover as a fellow AIDS victim. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman won Emmys for their pioneering teleplay.
NR (adult situations)
Drama , Television
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Aidan Quinn
as Michael Pierson
Ben Gazzara
as Nick Pierson
Gena Rowlands
as Katherine Pierson
Sylvia Sidney
as Beatrice McKenna
D.W. Moffett
as Peter Hilton
John Glover
as Victor DiMato
Cheryl Anderson
as Christine
Sydney Walsh
as Susan Maracek
Terry O'Quinn
as Dr. Redding
Bill Paxton
as Bob Maracek
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Critic Reviews for An Early Frost

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Though a capusle of its times, this groundbreaking TV film, the first work about AIDS in film or television (but not theater) holds up well due to high-caliber acting by Aidan Quinn as the son with AIDS and Ben Gazzarra and Gena Rowlands as his parents

Full Review… | July 18, 2006

Audience Reviews for An Early Frost

The first movie to deal with the HIV/AIDS crisis. It needed to be made to dispel the myths of this awful virus. I commend everyone that worked on that film. A movie made about AIDS in 1985 could have meant the end of their careers but they felt the movie's message was more important. Good for them!


A touching story.

Leo L
Leo L

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Shows how a lot of familys can not deal with their children being gay. But when you come down with HIV that is when you find out who your real family is.

Jesse Bozarth
Jesse Bozarth

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