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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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Michael Cuesta

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Howie Blitzer (as Paul Franklin Dano)
Bruce Altman ... Marty Blitzer
Billy Kay ... Gary
James Costa James Costa ... Kevin Cole
Tony Michael Donnelly Tony Michael Donnelly ... Brian (as Tony Donnelly)
Michelle Carano Michelle Carano ... Newscaster
Tatiana Burgos Tatiana Burgos ... Marty's Girlfriend
Brian Cox ... Big John Harrigan
B. Constance Barry B. Constance Barry ... Anne Harrigan
Walter Masterson ... Scott
Brad Silnutzer Brad Silnutzer ... Henry
Bob Gerardi Bob Gerardi ... Clifford
Adam LeFevre ... Elliot
Frank Rivers Frank Rivers ... Man with Pizza (as Frank G. Rivers)
Anthony F. Peragine 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L.I.E. Long Island Expressway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,530, 9 September 2001

Gross USA:

$1,141,829
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poem Howie recites in the car is "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" by Walt Whitman. See more »

Goofs

The soap when Big John shaves Howie. 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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Alternate Versions

The uncut version (originally rated NC-17) is available on DVD. It features a longer sex scene near the beginning. See more »

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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

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Sunrise
Written and Performed by Mark Wike
Umfoofoo Music (ASCAP)
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A Film About Consequences
23 June 2002 | by hobbitonroadSee all my reviews

This is a great little film about consequences. Howie is a typically confused but bright middle class kid with a one dimensional father and lug-nuts for friends. This film explores the soft underbelly of middle class Long Island, as well as the consequences that are borne as a result. Howie's explorations for attention lead him dangerously close to a pedophile who is more than willing to play "dad" to the affection starved teen. The low-budget aspects of this movie are not distracting, and though the subject matter is raw, the scenes are handled with taste. The film is kept honest through some thoughtful provocation, and the audience is kept honest as well. This film should be seen by parents of teens, and especially seen by anyone who is a father.


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