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Ethan Frome (1993)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 12 March 1993 (USA)
A new pastor arrives in a stark Vermont village and is intrigued by crippled, misshapen Ethan Frome living on an isolated, hardscrabble farm with his sickly wife Zeena.

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

Richard Nelson, Edith Wharton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Ethan Frome
Gil Rood Gil Rood ... Conductor
Tate Donovan ... Reverend Smith
Stephen Mendillo ... Ned Hale
Phil Garran Phil Garran ... Mr. Howe
Virginia Smith Virginia Smith ... Mrs. Howe
Annie Nessen Annie Nessen ... Sarah Anne Howe
Katharine Houghton ... Mrs. Hale
Marcie Vaughan Marcie Vaughan ... Young Woman
Burt Porter Burt Porter ... Harmon Gow
Rusty De Wees Rusty De Wees ... Man at Post Office
Paul Donlon Paul Donlon ... Man at Post Office
Joan Allen ... Zeena
Robert Nutt Robert Nutt ... Church Elder
David Dellinger David Dellinger ... Funeral Minister
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Storyline

Based on the novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, it is about a husband and wife (Ethan and Zeena), who need an extra hand around the house due to Zeena's debilitated body and constant illness. The young woman who joins them is a beautiful, spirited person. She and Ethan fall in love much to the dismay of Zeena. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Taglines:

A Forbidden Love Triangle Of Passion And Desire!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ethan Frome - La storia di un amore proibito See more »

Filming Locations:

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,623, 14 March 1993

Gross USA:

$296,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$296,081
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original Edith Wharton novel, the stranger in town, who takes an interest in Ethan, is not a new pastor, but a businessman or woman (the gender isn't specified) temporarily staying in the area. See more »

Goofs

In a winter scene early in the film, a Red-eyed Vireo can be heard singing in the dead of winter in Massachusetts. These birds winter in Amazonia, and arrive in Massachusetts in late spring. See more »

Quotes

Mattie Silver: If I miss my train, where will I go?
Ethan Frome: Where will you go if you catch it?
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Connections

Version of The DuPont Show of the Month: Ethan Frome (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Rakes of Mallow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played at square dance
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Subtle and powerful adaptation of Edith Wharton's novella.
27 May 1999 | by thefan-2See all my reviews

These are New England country folks, as quiet and as repressed as they are in Edith Wharton's novel. Not so much repressed, actually, as they are clumsy and inexperienced. When something extraordinary happens to their emotions, they scarcely know what to do. This conflict has been played for laughs by many writers over the years, because it does lend itself to comedy. Wharton chose to write a tragedy, and this movie captures the essence of Wharton's vision far better than The Age of Innocence, thanks largely to the direction and the superb cast. Highly recommended.


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