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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 ...
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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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Release Date:

28 June 2002 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Abbie!  »

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Box Office

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$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?


Michael Cera's feature film debut. See more »


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


Referenced in The Simpsons: Steal This Episode (2014) See more »


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Written by Stephen Stills
Published by Gold Hills Music, Inc.
Administered by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by Timothy B. Schmit (as Timothy B. Schmidt)
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An interesting film
31 January 2001 | by (Waterloo, Ontario) – See all my reviews

The film is an interesting look, at what appears to be an interesting man. The style of film is distracting at first - it's all a little too busy, but once you get get by that the film is an interesting ride. The performances are great - Janeane Garolfalo and Jeanne Tripplehorn play the women Abbie loved and do it very effectivly. And D'Onofio is great as Hoffman himself - fiery, passionate and very effective. If there's a problem with the movie, it's that it seems too in love with Hoffman to give a truly accuarate picture. It romaticizes his struggle and seems to think that Hoffman did nothing wrong when he sold what appears to be a lot of cocaine to an FBI agent. True, he was set up, but he still sold it. The film breezes past Hoffman's suicide and paints a man like a golden boy, a truly great man. I would have appreciated a more honest look.

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