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Stevie (2002)

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In 1995 Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother' to ten years earlier.

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He began a film, a search, to discover not only what had happened to Stevie over the past ten years but to understand the forces that had shaped his entire life. Part way through the filming, Stevie is arrested and charged with a serious crime that tears his family apart. What was to be a modest profile turns into a intimate four and half year chronicle of Stevie, his broken family, the criminal justice system and the filmmaker himself, as they all struggle with what Stevie has done and who he has become. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and descriptions of abuse | See all certifications »
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$9,383 (USA) (28 March 2003)

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$97,044 (USA) (2 May 2003)
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Stephen Fielding: [when his step-grandmother mentions Stevie's abusive biological mom] I don't have a mother, I never had one, and on the day she dies, I'm gonna go, and I'm gonna laugh at her!
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I Ain't Ever Satisfied
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A Folksy Portrayal of a Hard-Core Criminal
4 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very effective documentary about the film-maker's reunion with his "little brother" in the big brother program they partook of in the early 80's. The fact that the film-maker has close ties with the film's subject sets it apart from your usual documentary. Knowing that the filmmaker, Steve, wasn't aware of Stevie's many infractions before the reunion makes you realize that this was far from a predictable documentary. Even worse, is the crime that he commits during the two year break after Steve's first reunion. The film is unsettling as you see the many situations where Steve is trying to be a friend and at the same time, a removed observer. The resulting film shows that Steve succeeded in creating a healthy balance. Though Stevie's nature is, to me, your run-of-the-mill, criminal and the attention he receives, undeserved, it is interesting to see how families of criminals cope, or don't cope. This movie also shows the beauty that the developmentally disabled it features offer to the world---their scholastic intelligence is limited but their wisdom and love is far-reaching. I will say that Stevie, though hard-core in his criminal acts, was a thinking, feeling person and this is evidenced by the genuine tears he sheds a few times in this film. I am hopeful that when he comes out of prison in 2009, that he will be a valuable person in society----and that the chip on his shoulder will be forever gone.


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