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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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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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Certificate:

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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

Hoffman asks a young soldier what he thought about Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Hoffman talks about Jimi playing before half a million people. In fact, Hendrix was one of the last acts to play - on Monday morning of the weekend concert. About 40,000 - 50,000 people were left to see his performance. See more »

Quotes

Abbie Hoffman: Dull is deadly.
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Connections

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

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I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
Written by Ronnie Shannon
Published by Fourteen Hour Music, Inc. (BMI) & Mijac Music (BMI)
Administered by Pronto Music (BMI)
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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good but dumbed down
7 April 2006 | by quayle-1See all my reviews

This was an overall good release but there were numerous flaws. The worst of which was the dumbing down of the characters, especially Abbie Hoffman. It made for good cinema and fit the mainstream's mental picture of Abbie, but was quite misleading. Abbie's last wife, Johanna Lawrenson, was grossly misrepresented as apolitical and little more than a bubble-headed groupie. Both were excellent organizers and people. Talking to both was inspiring. It's sad that a film from a better source misrepresented them. However, that said, the film has value for providing a visual picture of the times and occurrences of Abbie's life. Abbie was one of the most significant of the 60s cast of characters and this film contributes to keeping his legacy alive.


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