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

Love and Death on Long Island1998

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.

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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
as Strider
as Mrs. Reed's Dog
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Critic Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (9)

These opening scenes of Love and Death on Long Island are funny and touching, and Hurt brings a dignity to Giles De'Ath that transcends any snickering amusement at his infatuation.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Hurt is a droll delight as the Oxbridge man of letters naïvely discovering America. And Priestley, playing a naïf of a different sort, is deliciously typecast as a deadpan hunk.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 27, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Funny and unexpectedly touching.

January 13, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 4/5

Hurt's magnificent and sensitive performance...makes the whole scenario unexpectedly poignant and sweetly sad.

January 10, 2003 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love and Death on Long Island

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
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


Hurt is superb.

Steve K
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.

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