Love and Death on Long Island (1998)
John Hurt gives a career performance in this wry, offbeat comedy about a stodgy British novelist whose sudden infatuation with an American pop star (Jason Priestley) gives his life a dangerous and exhilarating twist.
- PG-13 (For brief strong language, thematic elements and some sexual content)
- Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
- Directed By:
- Richard Kwietniowski , Richard Kwietnowski
- Written By:
- Richard Kwietniowski
- In Theaters:
- Mar 6, 1998 Wide
- On DVD:
- Feb 1, 2000
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Critic Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island
Unfortunately, Hurt is so good that almost everyone around him pales in comparison. Priestley just doesn't have the acting chops to play in the same scenes with him.
A movie about an older man stalking an B-movie actor that he has become obsessed with. It is a funny, odd, and also very sad portrait of a lonely man. A very good, original movie.
Hurt's magnificent and sensitive performance...makes the whole scenario unexpectedly poignant and sweetly sad.
This is John Hurt's movie and he makes the most of a memorable role.
Without John Hurt's magnificent performance, this film would have fallen flat on its face.
Has its funny moments and is unquestionably a fine vehicle for John Hurt, but its lightweight predictability makes it hard to recommend.
Audience Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island
It starts with Forster, mister fists and fingers and polished caves with
infinite echoes and mirror reflections, and leaves you with good old Walt
Whitman. I'm not the biggest John Hurt fan, I'll guess, but he lives in this movie. And Jason Priestly? Whoa. Who would have thought he could be this good? His character says he's sick of playing the teenage idol. Hmmm. He delivers that line with great authenticity. Quite a commentary on his past acting life perhaps? Don't know. Just guessing.
Fascinating and moving low-budget film with a very well judged performance from John Hurt as a novelist and widower out of touch with the 'modern world' (such as it was in the 1990s), who finds himself attracted to a Hollywood star of terrible films (Jason Priestly on good form). The film charts Gerald De'ath's initial attraction to borderline obsession as he flies to Long Island in the hopes of meeting with the object of his affection, with by turns funny, warm and sad results. Love and Death on Long Island has an admittedly televisual feel and a small scope but remains an impressive film and has a fascinatingly enigmatic ending.More
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