Stolen Summer (2002)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  25 July 2003 (Italy)
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Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick O'Malley
Lisa Dodson ...
Mrs. Jacobsen
Adi Stein ...
Father Kelly
Peggy Roeder ...
Sister Leonora Mary
Martin Hughes ...
Seamus O'Malley
Katie O'Malley
Eddie O'Malley
Kristie Kelley ...
Marie O'Malley
Etel Billig ...


Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of the Lord, and not that of the Devil. Perhaps taking this message a bit too seriously, Pete decides it's his goal for the summer to help someone get into heaven; having been told that Catholicism is the only sure path to the kingdom of the Lord, Pete decides to convert a Jew to Catholicism in order to improve their standing in the afterlife. Hoping to find a likely candidate, Pete begins visiting a nearby synagogue, where he gets to know Rabbi Jacobson, who responds to Pete's barrage of questions with good humor. Pete also makes friends with the Rabbi's son, Danny, who is about the same age; when he learns that Danny is seriously ill, he decides Danny would be an excellent choice for conversion. When the priest at Pete's church informs Pete that all will be tested before they pass the... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Ellopott nyár  »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,613 (USA) (22 March 2002)


$18,288 (Hong Kong) (18 October 2002)

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After co-Producer Jeff Balis was fired, the executive Producer changed his mind the next day, crediting a conversation with his wife the night before. See more »


The film is set in 1976, but during one of the beach scenes, we see several buildings on the Chicago skyline that were not built until several years later (e.g., the new Prudential Building "Pru-2"). See more »


Joe O'Malley: Baseball should be the only thing on an eight year old boy's mind.
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References Crooklyn (1994) See more »


Written by Ray Dorset (PRS)
Performed by Mungo Jerry
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes, LLC (ASCAP)
o/b/o/ Sony Music UK Ltd./Associated Music Intl. (PRS) Universal/Polygram International Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Eliot M. Cohen
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Two young boys of different religious faiths become friends when one in concerned about the other "making it into heaven."
12 February 2008 | by (Castle Rock, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of the best movies that I have seen in a very long while. It was touching and very motivating. The two young boys in this film were fabulous actors and made the story so great. It was so easy to relate to the dynamics between the two families and to feel there pain and confusion. As a mother, I would want my children to be a part in viewing this movie in order to conjure up a open conversation about it's contents and morals. I would be concerned with anyone of any faith to not feel the same about this movie. Messages like the one presented in this movie are few and far between these days. I would recommend it for your whole family regardless of your ages or beliefs.

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