L.I.E. (2001)

NC-17  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  29 November 2002 (UK)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Howie Blitzer (as Paul Franklin Dano)
Marty Blitzer
James Costa ...
Tony Michael Donnelly ...
Brian (as Tony Donnelly)
Michelle Carano ...
Tatiana Burgos ...
Marty's Girlfriend
B. Constance Barry ...
Anne Harrigan
Brad Silnutzer ...
Bob Gerardi ...
Frank Rivers ...
Man with Pizza (as Frank G. Rivers)
Anthony F. Peragine ...
Tough Kid #1


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.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 November 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

L.I.E. Long Island Expressway  »

Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$82,530 (USA) (7 September 2001)


$1,141,829 (USA) (22 February 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Brian Cox took the part of Big John Harrigan against the advice of most of his colleagues and his agent. See more »


The second black eye that Howie receives disappears and reappears from shot to shot. It is absent in the scene in which Howie and Big John shave; however, it is present in several scenes beforehand and afterward. See more »


[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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Lascia ch'io Pianga
Written by George Frideric Handel
Naxos Music Ltd.
Performed by The Vienna Boys' Choir
Courtesy of Phillips Classics/Universal Music Recordings
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Thought-provoking, unsettling and at times downright disturbing ...

Thought-provoking, unsettling and at times downright disturbing, this is nevertheless a brilliant movie. An excellent script is given justice by some tight direction and marvellous performances, particularly by Brian Cox (Manhunter, The Ring) in a career-best performance.

It may not be sunny and happy, but it's a powerful piece of film-making. I could go on and on about it - but that's what message boards are for.


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