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Steal This Movie (2000)

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Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Lefcourt
Stew Albert
David Glenn
Ingrid Veninger ...
Judy Albert
Stephen Marshall ...
Louis Wertzel
Joyce Gordon ...
Florence Hoffman
John Hoffman
Jean Daigle ...
Hippie Kid - NYC


Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left. The skeptical reporter interviews Anita, Hoffman's wife, a single mom on welfare in New York City; Hoffman's attorney, Gerry Lefcourt; and others. As they talk, we see Hoffman's career in flashbacks, from early civil rights organizing through the trial of the Chicago Eight. While underground, as mental illness takes its toll, he meets Johanna Lawrenson, and an odd family develops: Abbie, Anita, their son, and Johanna. Will vindication ever arrive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

28 June 2002 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Abbie!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,221 (USA) (18 August 2000)


$76,053 (USA) (8 September 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title for the film is inspired by Abbie Hoffman's book title "Steal This Book". It was a "survival guide" for hippies, including then-current names and addresses of places to go for free food, shelter and clothing. Since it was written for those wishing to survive outside the need for money (and it utilized Hoffman's infamous sense of humor), the title encouraged them to steal the book in order to access the information. See more »


The sign behind Abbie Hoffman for the "Chicago 7 Legal Defense Fund" is misspelled "Defence". See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.4 (2002) See more »


Written by Norman Whitfield (as Norman J. Whitfield) and Barrett Strong
Published by Stone Agate Music, a division of Jobete Music Co., Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Edwin Starr
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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29 January 2003 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is about the activist years of Yippie Abbie Hoffman and the time after. People expecting to see a biopic about his activism, antics, or books will be dissapointed. The film is about Abbie Hoffman. Not about his efforts, but about him.

The editing is not that great, and the dialogue could have been better, but the scenes are entertaining even without good pacing. D'Onofrio also did his best to portray Hoffman, even though he's 9 inches taller and doesn't look like him. He seems to capture that charisma, that "mojo" that other people seem to like. He' also very good in the second half, when you can tell Abbie is pondering his life - if he's doomed to run forever, is he running from nothing, did he waste his life. He seemed very tortured.

A lot of people may be dissapointed, but this is still a good film. Such a shame it didn't get wide release.

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