Ethan Frome was a movie starring Liam Neeson and Patricia Arquette, filmed in Peacham, VT in 1993.
The film successfully captures the winter appearance and snowstorms of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
The movie was based on the novel of the same name by Edith Wharton. The drama centers around a husband and wife (Ethan and Zeena), who need an extra hand around the house due to Zeena’s debilitated body and constant illnesses. The young woman who joins them, Zeena’s pour cousin Mattie Silver, is a charming, vibrant person. Mattie and Ethan fall in love, creating a love triangle that eventually ends unhappily for all.
Ethan Frome, was filmed on location at Peacham, VT., for seven weeks, with filming wrapping in March 1992. The Vermont winter temperatures were often minus-20 degrees Fahrenheit. “Oh, it was very cold,” Neeson recalled.
“It was a hard shoot,” Neeson commented. “Everybody who worked on it wasn’t there for the money, but were there because they loved the story and wanted it to work.”
Vermont locals including David Dellinger, Burt Porter and Rusty DeWees (best known as “the Logger”) also have small parts in the movie.
Update 2015: We had posted some rare YouTube PBS videos here that documented the making of Ethan Frome on location in Peacham, but unfortunately they have been removed due to copyright issues.
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