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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was the result of "Project Greenlight," the first-time-director competition launched by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Miramax, and was the subject of the HBO documentary of the same name, which aired in Winter 2002. The documentary revealed many behind-the-scenes snafus, which led to the mid-production firing of co-producer Jeff Balis. See more »


When Pete O'Malley and Danny Jacobsen are in Pete's room after Pete gets into trouble, Danny's hat repeatedly changes position between shots. See more »


Margaret O'Malley: Lord's name in vain! Come here! Come here!
[smacks son on head]
Margaret O'Malley: Don't talk like that, you little son of a bitch. We're on our way to church, for Christ's sake!
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Spun-off from Project Greenlight (2001) See more »


Written by Rick Butler and Kristin Mooney
Performed by Kristin Mooney
Published by Hookmeister Music (ASCAP) and Moonward Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Static Music
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Disregard the sparse distribution; rent this film and enjoy it!
14 January 2003 | by (Deerfield, Illinois USA) – See all my reviews

I don't think I'm slanted because much of the film was made in my hometown... and the writer-director is the youngest son of a longtime friend. But I thought I'd better establish those facts up front.

If you want to capture the true flavor of the south side of Chicago in the '70s, this movie does it. From the scenes in and around Holy Cross church in Deerfield, to the beautiful Jewish temple on the south side, to the 76th Street beach, to scenes in and around Chicago bungalows, even under the L tracks, this film has it. I grew up on a block on the south side where we were the only family that was not Irish-Catholic. This film depicts the values and relationships of those types of families very well.

Will anyone get a Golden Globe or an Academy Award from "Stolen Summer"? Probably not. But if you want to spend a couple of hours enjoying a good movie with a real message--go see "Stolen Summer". If you're a Chicagoan and want to see a slice of home... so much the better.

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