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L.I.E. (2001)

A 15-year-old Long Island boy loses everything and everyone he knows, soon becoming involved in a relationship with a much older man.

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Cast

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Howie Blitzer (as Paul Franklin Dano)
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Marty Blitzer
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James Costa ...
Tony Michael Donnelly ...
Brian (as Tony Donnelly)
Michelle Carano ...
Newscaster
Tatiana Burgos ...
Marty's Girlfriend
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B. Constance Barry ...
Anne Harrigan
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Scott
Brad Silnutzer ...
Henry
Bob Gerardi ...
Clifford
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Elliot
Frank Rivers ...
Man with Pizza (as Frank G. Rivers)
Anthony F. Peragine ...
Tough Kid #1
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Storyline

Fifteen-year-old Howie loses just about everything and everyone in the space of a single week, but ends up finding himself in the process. His mother has just died. His father, a building contractor, can barely keep tabs on his young girlfriend, let alone his own son. Thusly, the teen must navigate his adolescence virtually unsupervised. Floating towards an ill-behaved existence, Howie and his crowd begin robbing houses in the middle-class neighborhoods off the Long Island Expressway. Together, he and his best friend Gary break into a place belonging to an old guy named Big John, a local man who is a respected pillar of the community. When Big John fingers Gary for the crime, Howie learns that his pal has been leading a secret, dangerous but also alluring double life. Subsequently, we also discover that Big John has secrets of his own. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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On the Long Island Expressway there are lanes going east, lanes going west, and lanes going straight to hell.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content involving teens, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 November 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

L.I.E. Long Island Expressway  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,530, 9 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,141,829, 24 February 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Howie's birthday is on July 8, which is the same as director Michael Cuesta. See more »

Goofs

As Marty searches for his stolen money just before being arrested, the big screen TV in his room is off, but when Howie gets home and looks for his dad, the TV is on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Howie: L.I.E. Long Island Expressway. You got the lanes going east, and you got the lanes going west. And you also got the lanes going straight to hell. Lot of people died on it. Harry Chapin, Alan Pakula, the movie director. You probably heard of them. But you never heard of Sylvia Blitzer, my mom. She died on a crash on Exit 52. I really miss her. It's taken a lot of people and I hope it doesn't get me.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

When You're Around
Written by Tim Cloherty (ASCAP)
Performed by Booga Suga
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Brilliant and daring
22 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's shocking that this film was ever made. You don't often get characters this well written in American independent cinema, and you certainly don't get characters who are pedophiles portrayed with this much thought behind them. Todd Solondz's Happiness can only be partially counted, as that pedophilic character was played half as comedy (very daring in its way, as well). Brian Cox gives the performance of a lifetime with this character - you won't entirely understand how perfect he is or how perfectly written he is until you see it. Any expectation you can come up with will be quashed when you see the film.

But, aside from that, this film is about young Howie, also played brilliantly by newcomer Paul Franklin Dano. This is one of the best films about the status of high school students today. No, not all kids are like this, but these characters represent an important segment in the school population. This could have easily been one of those my-dad-is-too-busy-to-pay-attention-to-me-so-I'm-going-to-act-out movies, and, indeed, it is in a way, but the characters and situations are so well written - and the film's technique is amazing, as well - that they're entirely believable.

I praise the hell out of Michael Cuesta for making this film. He's an absolute daredevil. Almost every piece of the film is like a highwire act, and he only stumbles at the very end. It's just too abrupt and simplistic, as if some producer thought that these characters shouldn't be able to live their lives. I hope Cuesta will make more films in the future. He's one of the best to pop up in the last few years.


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