Love and Death on Long Island (1997) - Comedy, Drama

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92

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Giles De'Ath (Sir John Hurt) is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with movie star Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestly). He then investigates ...

IMDB: 7
Director: Richard Kwietniowski
Stars: John Hurt, Jason Priestley
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 10 out of 48 found boring (20.83%)

One-line Reviews (37)

From then on it was very funny and I really enjoyed it.....

Giles introduces him to an idea for a movie: a deaf-mute who has never been outside in the real world, who in fantasy is surrounded only by white, empty space, has in his possession a television to look outwards.

Infinitely better than the dreary "Death in Venice" and far funnier.

I found it fascinating, what some might call a "little" film except that it displays some large talents.

He could be more clueless and more compelling as an absolute recluse.

Fascinating, with great execution by John Hurt.

I highly recommend it to anyone who cares about stories based on clever scripts, great acting and real characters...

"Love and Death On Long Island" has a fascinating story to tell.

Love and Death On Long Island follows Giles (John Hurt) a semi recluse English novelist who wonders through his life with very little intense purpose, challenges or any sense of being 'alive'.

Completely obsessed with the discovery of all the modern electronic gadgetry, he purchases TV and video equipment, shuts himself away and enters a new and exciting world.

"Ultimately, a slow, witty work with one outstanding feature.

John Hurt's performance as the older man restraining his true feelings for a handsome young man of another generation is faultless and truly absorbing.

Similar in theme to "Death In Venice", absent the magnificent visuals and music of the 1971 classic, "Love And Death On Long Island" will appeal to viewers to the extent that they find Giles and his quest for lost love engaging.

It was dull, anything but funny, and *extremely* slow.

An unexpected treat .

Don't waste your time, your money, or usage of your DVD.

Some thought it slow and pondering, and the characture of an English recluse stuck in the 19th century unbelivable.

I'm sure that any queer-friendly viewer will find this film to be entertaining, charming and totally satisfying as one of the most original situation comedies.

However, the final third of the film, when Hurt and Priestley meet, is definitely worth watching for, as the film starts to head into some original territory.

I recommend it to anyone who believes that love can strike anywhere, and it is always a blessing, even in the most unlikely and unexpected venues.

Unlike Gods and Monsters, which had a similar idea, but that one I didn't care for, this film has a really intriguing main character as well as a clear quest.

Forster adaptation for which he bought a ticket, the lonely man becomes transfixed by the sight of a hunky actor (Jason Priestley) and begins an obsession that makes for a thoroughly satisfying and entertaining story.

His acting is superb, but what really got me is the unique and fascinating story.

However, the film is wholly enjoyable and you might take away the wondering: Could something so unexpected throw my life into such an upheaval?

I was also reminded of the late Sir Kingsley Amis, an angry young man and an engaging writer in his day who became a rather sorry figure in old age, bereft of his talent and full of spleen and booze.

"L & D on Long Island" is a comedy, even if it might seem a bit slow and boring in the beginning.

Ultimately, a slow, witty work with one outstanding feature.

But nevertheless it is a nice, entertaining film - with a stellar performance by John Hurt.

But as he gets up to leave the theater, De'Ath becomes enamored/obsessed by the looks and acting talents of a young American B-movie actor, Ronnie Bostock (Priestly).

It had so many underlying plots: the old modernizing to the new, finding beauty in an unexpected place, seeking out that beauty, etc. If you don't want the movie spoiled, stop reading.

Love and Death on Long Island (1997): Dir: Richard Kwietniowski / Cast: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin: Intriguing film that examines the longing for youth.

Hurt is excellent as he slowly gets to the point--a point that Priestley is slow to get--and once made, the look on Priestley's face is priceless as the camera stays on his inscrutable expression before he takes his leave.

When Giles confesses his love for Ronnie, Jason strikes a perfectly engaging pose - he just looks at Giles, and the camera catches that look.

Subtle and compelling .

So in the beginning (when it is a little slow for awhile - stick with it - it improves)....

This was the first movie I ever walked out of in my life because about three-fourths of the way through I couldn't stand the suspense.

There are some interesting interchanges - a touch of Nabokov as European high culture brushes with American pop culture, largely in mutual incomprehension, though Ronnie is pointed to a little useful American culture (Walt Whitman) by his unexpected English visitor.