Monday, February 11, 2013

An Early Frost

1985 American Television Movie

Cast: Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Sylvia Sidney, Terry O'Quinn, John Glover, Bill Paxton, D.W. Moffett and Christopher Bradley
Director: John Erman
Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman and Sherman Yellen

A young lawyer returns to his family home to reveal that he is not only gay, but also has AIDS.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 70%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD: Available


  • American Cinema Editor Award for Best Edited Television Special.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Sidney); also nominated for Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Actress (Rowlands).
  • The Peabody Award.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or Special, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Mixing; also nominated for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Directing, Actor (Quinn and Gazzara ), Actress (Rowlands), Supporting Actor (Glover), Supporting Actress (Sidney), Music Composition, Art Direction and Makeup.

  • The first major film, made for television or theatrical release, to deal with the subject of HIV/AIDS. 
  • An Early Frost was number one in the Nielsen ratings the night it originally aired on NBC, garnering a 23.3 share and watched by 34 million people. However, the network lost $500,000 in advertisement revenue because advertisers refused to sponsor the film.

OMG Movie #40

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