Wednesday, July 24, 2013


2001 American Feature

Cast: Paul Franklin Dano, Brian Cox, Billy Kay, Bruce Altman, Walter Masterson and James Costa
Director: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Stephen M. Ryder

Following the death of his mother in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway, sexually confused15-year-old Howie Blitzer becomes involved with a older man known as "Big John".


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 83% / Audience: 74%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 73% / Audience: 6.8%
  • OMG rating: 8 /10

  • DVD: Available


  • Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Feature.
  • Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Feature Film.
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance (Dano) and Producers Award; also nominated for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Cox), Supporting Male (Kay) and First Screenplay.
  • L.A. Outfest Awards for Outstanding American Narrative Feature and Actor in a Feature Film (Dano).
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Film.
  • National Board of Review Special Recognition Award.
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film.

  • Because Paul Franklin Dano (now known as Paul Dano), who played Howie, was underage at the time of production, his mother Gladys was present on set at all times and played the non-speaking role of Howie's deceased mother in several flashback and dream sequences.
  • The poem Howie recites in the car is "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" by Walt Whitman.
  • L.I.E. received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, although the rating was later surrendered and the film was released without a rating. Both an edited R-rated version and the original unrated/uncut film are available on DVD.

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