Tag Archives: Ben Gazzara

An Early Frost (1985) John Erman, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Sylvia Sidney, Drama

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Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He’s forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he’s a successful lawyer) and family. He, and the people around him, must face up to the inevitablity of his death and the disease that’s killing him. “An Early Frost” was many people’s first look at an AIDS victim as a human being instead of a statistic.
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Opening Night (1977) John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Drama

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Actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) is a functioning alcoholic actress who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle’s fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star’s attention. Myrtle internalizes the accident and goes on a spiritual quest, but fails to finds the answers she is after. As opening night inches closer and closer, fragile Myrtle must find a way to make the show go on.
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