Love and Death on Long Island (1998)



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Movie Info

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.

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
Universal Pictures



as Giles De'Ath

as Ronnie Bostock

as Mrs. Barker

as Mrs. Reed

as Mrs. Abbott

as Maureen

as Video Assistant

as Video Salesman

as Abigail's Mother

as Ticket Seller 1

as Ticket Seller 2

as Taxi Driver

as Quiz Master

as Quiz Show Contestant

as Irv's Customer 1

as Irv's Customer 2

as Mailman

as Cab Driver 1

as Cab Driver 2

as Cab Driver 3

as Fax Assistant

as Weather Reporter

as Corey's Mother

as The Stomper

as Father Bryson

as Sitcom Mother

as Sitcom Father

as Strider

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
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

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


Hurt is superb.

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.

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.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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