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Release Date: March 6th, 1998

DVD Release Date: February 1st, 2000

PG-13|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
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: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin, Gawn Grainger, Elizabeth Quinn

Director: Richard Kwietniowski

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Mikado Films

Keywords: Transformation, England, Touching, Girlfriend, Love, 1990s, Charming

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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. show more

  • Directed with style and wit by London filmmaker Richard Kwietniowski, who makes his feature debut here, Love and Death is an off-kilter romantic comedy. show more

  • Hurt gives an astonishingly sensitive and funny performance as the bedazzled intellectual, and first-time filmmaker Kwietniowski unfolds the story with an unfailing blend of humor and compassion. show more

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Awards

Winner Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer in British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)