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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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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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Details

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 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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[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 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) See more »

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A gem of a film
9 August 1998 | by MeYesMeSee all my reviews

After viewing this film I wished it was 20 years ago, back when you were allowed to just stay in your chair and see the show a second time.

John Hurt is astounding as an English author who discovers beauty the last place he'd expect to find it - in an American "B" movie actor's performances. Hurt's character, Dr. De'Ath, is a true original, totally out of step with the 20th century. He simply had no need nor interest in modernizing his ways. He stumbles upon the work of Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestley, in a heckuva good, self-effacing performance) and sees in him talent and passion. That's about all I can say without going too far into plot - but if I were able to physically compel people to see it, I certainly would. It's a lovely piece of work.


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