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Love and Death on Long Island (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 6 March 1998 (USA)
Giles De'Ath is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with film star Ronnie Bostock. He then investigates everything about the movie and Ronnie. ... See full summary »
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Irving Buckmuller
Gawn Grainger ...
Henry
Elizabeth Quinn ...
Mrs. Reed
Linda Busby ...
Mrs. Abbott
Bill Leadbitter ...
Eldridge
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Maureen (as Ann Reid)
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Harry
Dean Gariss ...
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Giles De'Ath is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with film star Ronnie Bostock. He then investigates everything about the movie and Ronnie. After that he travels to Long Island City, where Ronnie lives, and meets him, pretending that Ronnie is a great actor, and that's why Giles admires him.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, thematic elements and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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6 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Amour et mort à Long Island  »

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Opening Weekend:

£62,191 (United Kingdom), 5 July 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,151, 8 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,542,264, 7 June 1998
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1.85 : 1
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When the mailman delivers mail to Ronnie Bostock's mailbox,he raises the mailbox flag, presumably to signal to the resident that mail has been delivered. (Ronnie's girlfriend, seeing the mailbox flag has been raised, seems to interpret the signal accordingly.) Although it may be the convention for mail delivery wherever the director/writer is from, it is not the case on Long Island, where it is the custom for the resident to raise the mailbox flag to alert the mailman that mail is in the mailbox waiting to be picked up. Once the mail has been picked up, the mailman lowers the flag - the opposite of what occurred in the film. See more »

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Giles De'Ath: It is so difficult to know where I should begin, especially when, unlike you, I already know the ending. But let us say that this story began with end of another.
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Wonderful and unique character study
3 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Locked out of his apartment, old-fashioned writer Giles De'Ath (John Hurt) almost reluctantly decides to take in a movie. Accidentally wandering in to see Hot Pants College II instead of the E.M. Forster adaptation for which he bought a ticket, the lonely man becomes transfixed by the sight of a hunky actor (Jason Priestley) and begins an obsession that makes for a thoroughly satisfying and entertaining story. First-time director Kwietniowski expertly observes the wildly disparate natures of these two men while keeping both of them entirely credible and believable. I particularly enjoyed Giles' compilation of Ronnie Bostock clippings from teeny-bopper magazines, carefully arranged and titled "Bostockiana" before being securely locked away in a desk drawer.


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