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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 (Sir John Hurt) is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with movie star Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestly). He then investigates ... 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 ... 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 Gatiss Dean Gatiss ... Rob (as Dean Gariss)
Robert McKewley Robert McKewley ... Video Salesman
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Storyline

Giles De'Ath (Sir John Hurt) is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with movie star Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestly). 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 USA:

$78,151, 8 March 1998

Gross USA:

$2,581,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,581,012
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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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Thoughtful & interesting interpretation of bridging the generation gap
10 May 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

What a wonderful piece of acting John Hurt gives us as Giles a naive English writer visiting Long Isalnd for the first time. Completely obsessed with the discovery of all the modern electronic gadgetry, he purchases TV and video equipment, shuts himself away and enters a new and exciting world.

He becomes besotted with the image of a handsome young actor Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestley) a favourite among teen-age movie-goers. It's as if he is starting a completely new life with a new warmth he has never known before.

The urge to help Ronnie in his career so that he will always be close to him is the predominant theme of the film. John Hurt's performance as the older man restraining his true feelings for a handsome young man of another generation is faultless and truly absorbing. Conversations between the two men are the highlights of the film and the confession scene extremely moving.

Ronnie Bostock's girl friend Audrey ( Fiona Loewi) is both charming and beautiful and adds a sweet touch to the story. She is responsible for bringing the writer and actor together. The story is punctuated with little episodes of wry humour brought about by people who live entirely different lives.

Altogether a very satisfying film that shows how some of us live in a cocoon unaware of the extreme joy and subsequent disappointment that lies beyond.


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