L.I.E. ()

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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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Howie Blitzer (as Paul Franklin Dano)
Marty Blitzer
James Costa ...
Kevin Cole
Tony Michael Donnelly ...
Brian (as Tony Donnelly)
Michelle Carano ...
Tatiana Burgos ...
Marty's Girlfriend
Big John Harrigan
B. Constance Barry ...
Anne Harrigan
Brad Silnutzer ...
Bob Gerardi ...
Man with Pizza (as Frank G. Rivers)
Anthony F. Peragine ...
Tough Kid #1
Jude LoBasso ...
Tough Kid #2
Guidance Counselor
Gladys Dano ...
Sylvia Blitzer
Howie (5 Years Old)
FBI Woman
Francis Leik ...
Police Officer (as Francis J. Leik)
Chuck Ardezzone ...
Desk Sergeant
Risa Ziegler ...
Female Cop
Ray Garvey ...
Brian's Father
Mrs. Cole
Prison Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis G. Moreno ...
Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Cuesta

Written by

Stephen M. Ryder ... (written by)
Michael Cuesta ... (written by)
Gerald Cuesta ... (written by)

Produced by

Rene Bastian ... producer
Michael Cuesta ... producer
Urs Hirschbiegel ... associate producer
Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly ... co-producer
Linda Moran ... producer
Valerie Romer ... co-producer / line producer

Music by

Pierre Földes

Cinematography by

Romeo Tirone

Film Editing by

Eric Carlson
Kane Platt

Editorial Department

Laura Weinberg ... assistant editor

Casting By

Judy Henderson

Production Design by

Elise Bennett

Set Decoration by

Cathryn Mazer

Costume Design by

Danny Glicker ... (as Daniel Glicker)

Makeup Department

Tiandra Gayle ... hair stylist (as Tiandra L. Crump) / makeup artist (as Tiandra L. Crump)
Persefone Karakosta ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist

Production Management

Brian Reingold ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Karen Kane ... second assistant director
Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly ... first assistant director
Astrid Persans ... assistant director

Art Department

George Collier ... swing gang
Brent Godek ... car wrangler
Brenna Griffin ... assistant set decorator
Mary Hawkins ... graphic designer
Bruce Looker ... assistant property master
Carey Rothman ... property master
Scott S. Santangelo ... swing gang
Greg Williams ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

David Alvarez ... sound recordist
Evan Benjamin ... assistant sound re-recording engineer
John D'Aquino ... foley mixer
Tammy Douglas ... additional sound mixer (as Tammy M. Douglas)
Dan Flosdorf ... sound editor
Marshall Grupp ... supervising sound designer / supervising sound editor
Fredrick Helm ... adr recordist / foley artist
Phillip Lefesi ... post-production sound supervisor
Branka Mrkic ... sound editor
John Salk ... sound editor
Tony Volante ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

Drew Jiritano ... special effects
Neil Ruddy ... weapons wrangler


Michael Russo ... stunts (as Mike Russo)

Camera and Electrical Department

Eric Boncher ... gaffer
Hugo Bonilla ... best boy electric
Jim Candrova ... camera operator: second unit
Greg Cangemi ... best boy grip (as Gregory I. Cangemy)
Pierrot Colonna ... first assistant camera
René Crout ... second assistant camera
Michael Cuesta ... camera operator: second unit
Mai Iskander ... first assistant camera
Stu Kaufman ... best boy electric
Doug Kennedy ... best boy grip
Bryan Lett ... third grip
Evin Lowe ... best boy electric
Dave Madden ... camera intern
Christopher Norris ... second assistant camera (as Chris Norris)
Steven C. O'Neill ... third electrician
Christopher T. Paul ... first assistant camera
Van Redin ... still photographer
Dan Schweiger ... best boy grip
Craig Striano ... key grip
Romeo Tirone ... camera operator: second unit

Casting Department

Elinyisia Mosha ... extras casting
Mandy Politziner ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Elizabeth Browner ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

Francis Leik ... location scout (as Francis J. Leik)
Jonathan Sims ... assistant location manager
Joseph Taylor ... location manager

Music Department

Mark Wike ... composer: additional music / music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

Anthony Pettine ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Steven C. Beer ... legal counsel
Alice Bertay ... assistant to director
Wayne Bonfiglio ... production assistant
Penny Citrola ... production assistant
Dan D'Amato ... set intern
Patricia de Paula ... production coordinator
Aristotle Dreher ... production assistant
Patrick Guldenberg ... set intern
Mitchell Kase ... production assistant
Daniel Leavy ... production assistant
Jason Levy ... office intern
Jack McDonnell Long ... office intern / production assistant
Brendan Gabriel Murphy ... production assistant (as Brendan G. Murphy)
Jess Prosser ... key production assistant
Tracy Russell ... production assistant
Tara Singh ... set intern
Max Votolato ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

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. Thus, 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 Keywords
Taglines On the Long Island Expressway there are lanes going east, lanes going west, and lanes going straight to hell. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • LIE (United States)
  • LIE (World-wide, English title)
  • L.I.E. Long Island Expressway (World-wide, English title)
  • L.I.E. Long Island Expressway (France)
  • Лажи (Serbia)
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  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget $700,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $82,530, 09 Sep 2001

Did You Know?

Trivia Brian Cox took the part of Big John Harrigan against the advice of most of his colleagues and his agent. See more »
Goofs When Big John is slowly pulling his car alongside Howie (just before Howie accepts the offer of getting to drive the car), a crew member is seen on the right pushing the car. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Lungo Fillaccio See more »
Quotes [Laying on the ground as a woman passes by]
Kevin Cole: Her dress is so short, you can see her clint.
Brian: What?
Kevin Cole: Her clint, it's in her pussy.
Howie: You mean "clit."
Kevin Cole: Fuck you, I mean like... clintasaurus.
Howie: It's clitoris, you fuckin' idiot.
Kevin Cole: It's a CLINT.
Brian: Yeah, like you can see Clint Eastwood in her pussy.
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