Love and Death on Long Island (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Love and Death on Long Island (1998)

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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.more
Rating: PG-13 (For brief strong language, thematic elements and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Kwietniowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2000
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

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Cast

John Hurt
as Giles De'Ath
Jason Priestley
as Ronnie Bostock
Sheila Hancock
as Mrs. Barker
Elizabeth Quinn
as Mrs. Reed
Linda Busby
as Mrs. Abbott
Pat Ann Reid
as Maureen
Danny Webb
as Video Assistant
Robert McKewley
as Video Salesman
Tusse Silberg
as Abigail's Mother
Jean Ainslie
as Ticket Seller 1
Nigel Makin
as Ticket Seller 2
Jonathan Stratt
as Taxi Driver
Magnus Magnusson
as Quiz Master
Shaun Seymour
as Quiz Show Contestant
Marguerite McNeil
as Irv's Customer 1
Andrew Smith
as Irv's Customer 2
Tommy Hurst
as Mailman
Lex Gigeroff
as Cab Driver 1
Michael Pellerin
as Cab Driver 2
Cecil Wright
as Cab Driver 3
Charlie Rhindress
as Fax Assistant
Benita Ha
as Weather Reporter
Nancy Marshall
as Corey's Mother
Elizabeth Murphy
as The Stomper
Jeremy Akerman
as Father Bryson
Christine Jeffers
as Sitcom Mother
Morrissey Dunn
as Sitcom Father
Swayzee
as Strider
Ouzo
as Mrs. Reed's Dog
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Critic Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 24, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2012
Sin Magazine

Funny and unexpectedly touching.

Full Review… | January 13, 2004
TheMovieReport.com

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.

May 2, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Audience Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island

½

Hurt is superb.

Beefy
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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.

binky013
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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.

danieljparsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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