An Early Frost


An Early Frost

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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.


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
Cheryl Anderson
as Christine
John Glover
as Victor DiMato
Sydney Walsh
as Susan Maracek
Terry O'Quinn
as Dr. Redding
Bill Paxton
as Bob Maracek
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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

    Jul 18, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for An Early Frost

A touching story.

Leo L
Leo L

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great important film, some of the information is obviously dated but the strong performances by all involved make it a powerful experience

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jay nixon

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