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Love and Death on Long Island

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • British novelist Giles De'Ath, a stuffy man who is completely oblivious to modern life and technologies, gets locked out of his house and settles for a visit to the cinema. Instead of the E.M. Forster adaptation that he intended to view, he is shocked to discover that he accidentally purchased a ticket to "Hotpants College 2." But before he can flee the theatre, he becomes mesmerized by the appearance of teen idol Ronny Bostock. Unable to shake or quench his thirst for the actor, he eventually travels to Long Island with the intentions of meeting him face to face. What begins as an awkward, distant relationship slowly becomes a mutual friendship that eventually concludes when the truth comes out. A funny and touching film based on the novel by Gilbert Adair.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8357-D

  • Credits
    John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin, Gawn Grainger, Fiona Loewi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An accomplished souffl of a film, witty and diverting - a thoroughly civilised pleasure..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Uniquely funny and touching....This extraordinary film walks a tightrope between humor and heartbreak..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...An exquisitely comic fish-out-of-water sojourn....[Hurt's is one of 1998's] unsung great performances..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...John Hurt does exquisite work....A canny, endearing Jason Priestley costars..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...It's a tribute to Hurt's immense acting talent that he can make Giles both sympathetic and ridiculous. Priestly is also enjoyable..."
    Box Office

    "...LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND is sharp, sophisticated and completely delicious, a purposeful comedy that focuses on the power of screen images to uproot lives..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[The film] steps carefully in the American scenes, and finds a way to end without cheap melodrama or easy emotion..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "LOVE AND DEATH doesn't take the easy way out, and it lingers in the memory."

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