This 1997 Richard Kwietniowski film, based on the novel by Gilbert Adair, stars John Hurt
as Giles De'Ath
(pronounced Day-ahth) as an English author
and widower who is so out of touch with the rest of the 20th century
world that when asked if he uses a word processor
, he responds, "I'm a writer. I write. I don't process words."
Giles' journey to Long Island
begins when he stumbles upon the film Hot Pants College
in his first visit to a movie theater
. A typical American teenage date movie
finds the whole film rather out of his league until he sees teen heartthrob Ronnie Bostock
, a waiter in the film's diner (played brilliantly by Jason Priestley
in what may well be the best performance of his life), put on what he deems a star performance
Giles becomes enthralled with the actor, exploring all of his films and seeking out scraps of information on him in teen magazines
. Eventually, he goes to search for Ronnie in person in his home town on Long Island
, across the ocean. What follows is a story that you will not forget, part of a funny and touching film that will pleasantly surprise you with its poignant progression of events.