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Directed by Michael Cuesta. Written by Stephen M. Ryder, Michael Cuesta, and Gerald Cuesta. With Brian Cox, Paul Franklin Dano, Billy Kay, Bruce Altman, James Costa, Tony Donnelly, Walter Masterson, and Adam LeFevre. A Lot 47 Films release. At the Copley Place, the Kendall Square, the Coolidge Corner, and the West Newton and in the suburbs.

The title refers to the Long Island Expressway, which is where people like Harry Chapin, Alan Pakula, and the mother of Howie Blitzer (Paul Franklin Dano) have died, and which, as a metaphor, is the only thing that doesn’t ring true in Michael Cuesta’s brilliant debut. But the symbolism diminishes in importance to the palpable anomie and nascent nightmare of the setting. No filmmaker in recent memory has so successfully re-created the landscape of ephemeral trauma and desire that is middle-class suburbia of the 21st century, or done comparable justice to the much exploited and misunderstood spirit of adolescent transgression and angst.

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L.I.E. has now been released in Europe on DVD and VHS format.


Front cover of the French DVD release


Front cover of the British DVD release

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Play video for dialup modem: "OUT OF THE CRADLE ENDLESSLY ROCKING"
By Walt Whitman. Delivered by Paul Dano (Howie)
to Brian Cox (Big John) while driving Big John's car in the movie L.I.E.

Play video for broadband: "OUT OF THE CRADLE ENDLESSLY ROCKING"
By Walt Whitman. Delivered by Paul Dano (Howie)
to Brian Cox (Big John) while driving Big John's car in the movie L.I.E.

CAST


Paul Franklin Dano plays Howie.

A native of Connecticut, Dano has appeared in a number of Broadway productions, including Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol," in which he appeared as Scrooge at age 12 opposite both Roddy McDowall and Hal Linden. Other Broadway credits include Ragtime (Toronto World Premiere), Inherit the Wind, A Month In The Country and A Thousand Clowns at the Roundabout Theatre. He has made a couple of independent films, "The Newcomers" and "Animal Room." His television credits include "Smart Guy" and "Sense! Rainbow & The Dojo Kids." Dano’s special interests are singing, guitar, snowboarding, biking, soccer, basketball, rollerblading and skate


Brian Cox plays Big John

Considered "the most prolific actor of his generation," Brian Cox has two Olivier Awards for Best Actor to his credit for his performances in Titus Andronicus at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre and Rat in the Skull for the Royal Court in London and New York.

Cox has roles in a number of upcoming feature films including "An Affair of the Necklace," with Hillary Swank; "Morality Play" with Willem Dafoe; and, playing in Sundance's "Park City at Midnight" section, the ensemble comedy "Super Troopers." He starts work in his next project, "The Bourne Identity" with Matt Damon, in January.

The year 2000 saw Cox receiving acclaim from new career paths. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering in the TNT original film "Nuremberg," and made his directorial debut at the helm of an episode of the hit HBO prison drama "Oz."

Cox' other film work includes roles in "The Minus Man," "For the Love of the Game," "Rushmore," "The Corrupter," "The Boxer," "The Long Kiss Goodnight," the Academy Award-winning "Braveheart," the Academy Award nominated "Rob Roy," and "Hidden Agenda," which was honored with a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Notably, Cox originated the celluloid Hannibal Lecktor in Michael Mann's cult classic "Manhunter."

Cox remains active in theatre, recently returning to the London stage to star in the World Premiere of Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol, which opened the new Royal Court Theatre. Recent New York theatre credits include Art on Broadway and St. Nicholas at Off Broadway's Primary Stages, for which he was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor and received Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle nominations. Other theatre credits include St. Nicholas at the Bush Theatre in London and the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles; King Lear and Richard III at the National Theatre in London and Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Cox is the author of two books, Salem to Moscow: An Actors Odyssey and The Lear Diaries.


Billy Kay plays Gary, Howie's best friend

in "L.I.E." Currently, Billy is appearing in the popular CBS-TV daytime drama "Guiding Light," in which he portrays the rebellious teenager, Shayne Lewis. Billy just completed a new film "Time Share" with Timothy Dalton and Nastassja Kinski. This film will air on June 7th on the Fox Family Channel.

Growing up in Huntington, Long Island, Billy started in show business by appearing in commercials, print ads and the feature film "Three Men and a Baby" at the ripe old age of six months. He was 11 when he appeared in the musical "Oliver" in which he played the Artful Dodger. He also appeared in the "The Wiz" and "Tommy."

Although he has a wonderful singing voice, Billy considers himself an actor who can sing too. His latest musical endeavor is a new CD entitled "Kids with Heart" which he recorded with other young people in the entertainment industry. The royalties earned by this CD will benefit various children’s charities.

Billy's film credits include "Alice," "Nathan Grimm," "Tom's Journey," "The Magic of Marciano," and last summer completed an independent film, "The Newcomer" in which he appears with "L.I.E." co-star Paul Franklin Dano. He has appeared in such television shows as "Zoya," "The XY Films" and "The Invisible Man." Billy also appeared in the Mariah Carey Christmas video entitled "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

When not appearing on stage or before the camera, Billy enjoys singing, dancing and playing the drums. He has a huge collection of valuable comic books. In his leisure time, Billy works with The Leukemia Society, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and many other charities. He also enjoys in-line skating, baseball, basketball and, especially lacrosse.

He is currently shooting Dimension Films "Halloween 8."


Michael Cuesta

Michael Cuesta is an award winning commercial director. He has been honored at the Museum of Modern Art and at several advertising awards shows and has worked for almost every major advertising agency in the United States and Europe. He is well known for his human-interest stories combined with striking visuals and interesting locations. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he studied photography and literature. He went on to hone a career as a still photographer before moving into film. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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Purchase the DVD at AMAZON.COM L.I.E.

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