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Love and Death on Long Island (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 6 March 1998 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »
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Director: Richard Kwietniowski
Stars: John Hurt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Giles De'Ath
Jason Priestley ... Ronnie Bostock
Fiona Loewi ... Audrey
Sheila Hancock ... Mrs. Barker
Harvey Atkin ... Lou
Maury Chaykin ... Irving Buckmuller
Gawn Grainger Gawn Grainger ... Henry
Elizabeth Quinn Elizabeth Quinn ... Mrs. Reed
Linda Busby Linda Busby ... Mrs. Abbott
Bill Leadbitter Bill Leadbitter ... Eldridge
Anne Reid ... Maureen (as Ann Reid)
Danny Webb ... Video Assistant (as Daniel Webb)
Andrew Barrow Andrew Barrow ... Harry
Dean Gariss Dean Gariss ... Rob
Robert McKewley Robert McKewley ... Video Salesman
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, thematic elements and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amour et mort à Long Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Giles lands at the airport in New York and drives thru the city all the trees are in full leaf as they would be in summer yet when he takes a cab to the motel on Long Island here are no leaves on the trees and it is obvious it is a different season. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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References Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993) See more »

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Wonderful and unique character study
3 February 1999 | by pooch-8See 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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