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

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$76,053 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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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 »

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Canadian road signs appear in several scenes including the early scene where Abbie is calling from the isolated phone booth. In the scene where Abbie's mother is driving down the road, a sign written in metric is clearly visible. See more »

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

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I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
Written and Performed by Phil Ochs
Administered by Almo Music Corp. o/b/o Barricade Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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An Abomination
22 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Plot

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.

I like Abbie. He was an interesting guy who ultimately killed himself. But he was a very compelling person to listen to.

This movie doesn't capture any of this. It's a borefest. And an atrocity to Hoffman.

Abbie was smart, articulate, funny and a great story teller. This movie is the exact opposite. Poorly directed, poorly written and the acting is horrible.

Avoid at all costs


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