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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 »

Director:

Robert Greenwald

Writers:

Anita Hoffman (book), Abbie Hoffman (book) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Abbie Hoffman
Janeane Garofalo ... Anita Hoffman
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Johanna Lawrenson
Kevin Pollak ... Gerry Lefcourt
Donal Logue ... Stew Albert
Kevin Corrigan ... Jerry Rubin
Alan Van Sprang ... David Glenn
Troy Garity ... Tom Hayden
Ingrid Veninger ... Judy Albert
Stephen Marshall Stephen Marshall ... Louis Wertzel
Joyce Gordon ... Florence Hoffman
Bernard Kay ... John Hoffman
Jean Daigle Jean Daigle ... Sheriff
Johnie Chase ... Josh
Joshua Dov ... Hippie Kid - NYC
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbie! See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,221, 20 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,053, 10 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second most stolen film in America, the first being Clerks (1994). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Abbie Hoffman: Dull is deadly.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Time Has Come Today
Written by Joseph Chambers & Willie Chambers
Published by Greers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Steve Earle & Sheryl Crow
Steve Earle appears courtesy of E-Squared LLC/Artemis Records
Sheryl Crow appears courtesy of A&M Records
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Abbie Hoffman: American
29 December 2001 | by EmperorNortonIISee all my reviews

"Steal This Movie" is the biopic of Abbie Hoffman, the famed activist and self proclaimed "orphan of America." The movie paints a portrait of Abbie as a man who loved his country, only not the way the status quo would have wanted him to. Vincent D'Onofrio plays the lead with a real passion, and Janeane Garofalo also displays competent dramatic ability as Abbie's wife Anita. This movie shows America in the 1960s at its best and worst. What I found interesting was its use of grainy film for flashbacks, to take on the look of a '60s documentary. If you were alive in Abbie Hoffman's time, you either loved him or hated him. Seeing the story of his life may give you a new perspective on who he was.


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