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Movie Info

Curmudgeonly author Giles De'Ath (John Hurt), a widower with a marked distaste for modern popular culture, attempts to buy a ticket for a film adaptation of an E.M. Forster novel, but instead finds himself watching a tacky teen sex comedy. Yet when the beautiful Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestley) appears on the movie screen, Giles finds himself caught in a whirlwind of unanswered questions about both his own sexuality and his place in late 20th-century society.

Cast & Crew

John Hurt
Giles De'Ath
Jason Priestley
Ronnie Bostock
Maury Chaykin
Irving 'Irv' Buckmuller
Gilbert Adair
Writer (Novel)
Brian Donovan
Associate Producer
Richard Grassby-Lewis
Original Music
The Insects
Original Music
Oliver Curtis
Cinematographer
Susan Shipton
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Critic Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (5)

Audience Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island

  • Sep 13, 2011
    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. <i>Love and Death on Long Island</i> has an admittedly televisual feel and a small scope but remains an impressive film and has a fascinatingly enigmatic ending.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2006
    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.
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