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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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This was a very moving film emotionally..I lived near the San Francisco area
when this film was made and I have some reality about the aids epidemic..my neighbor, a young man of about 22 had it and died within two weeks of my
finding out he had the disease..it was a severe shock to me as it must have
been to Aiden Quinn's parents when they found out..a bit of reality here.the
film was beautifully scripted and the cast did magnificently in their recreation
of this event..4 stars!!
A truly well acted and presented movie. It must be watched carefully and let it sink in. The theme excellently developed and very much real. I strongly recommend it, for it is quite real. There are still too many parents that reject their children (be they young or professionals) simply because of sexual orientation and if contaminated with AIDS, much more. A must for all!!!
I think the movie certainly felt like it was made for tv and it wasn't bad as movies go. I suppose for the time that it was aired, it had to be tame enough to be seen by a general audience without much tenderness such as kissing between the two gay lovers. I liked the movie overall, but by today's standards it feels lacking.