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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.

Director:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,141,829, 24 February 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The distributor, Lot 47, appealed against the NC-17 rating at the same time as launching a publicity campaign about how arbitrary the rating system was. Both failed. See more »

Goofs

In the shots of Big John leaving after dropping Howie off at the prison, there is a steady rain (noticible by raindrops in the puddles). However, in shots of Howie, it does not appear to be raining and the ground is even dry in places. 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 »

Connections

References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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The Bugs
Written and Performed by Walken
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" There are highways which lead to Hell. This is a Short cut "
24 April 2014 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

The Writer and Director of this incredible film Called " Long Island Expressway " is non other than Michael Cuesta. In this day and age, this type of film challenges not only social convention but moral platitudes as well. Indeed, any solid actor has to fear possible Ridicule and also the disdain from critics and small minded individuals as well. However the main cast which includes Brian Cox (Superb performance) as John Harrigan and Paul Dano as Howie Blitzer do such a brilliant job, they are sure to earn great praise, awards and high acclaim when accepting such hazardous roles. Their characters in this movie are sure to attract social venom, vile comment, and stern condemnation, but is doesn't alter the fact that stories such as these, need to be addressed, not shunned. The world is filled with such stories and burying ones' head in the sand will not dissipate their fear, nor make them go away. In essence, the film reveals the life of fifteen-year-old Howie Blitzer who's mother has died and who's' father is facing Federal incarceration. Further, his best friend is a house-robbing thief, male prostitute, who with his other friends are juvenile delinquents seeking kicks. Howie himself feels abandoned by his abusive and absent father and is easy prey for his close friend John. Sensing the lonely boy struggles with his anger, sorrow and personal demons, John offers understanding, shelter and companionship. However, John, a retired, ex-military man suffers from his own dark desires which includes rebellious teen-age run-aways. Together, the two are drawn towards dangerous goals which invite disaster. Adding to the danger of the two are their youthful friends. There is Howie's friend, Gary, an unstable teen kleptomaniac forever seeking the Big Score which will allow him to escape to California and John's envious teenage house guest who believes he's about to be replaced by a younger boy. The story is one of pain, sadness, redemption and hope, none of which come in abundance. However, the movie is unlike most and future audiences Will judge if the writer has created a monster or a Classic. Recommended to anyone with an open mind. ****


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