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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 »
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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:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Soundtracks

Abbie's Song
Written by Ani Difranco (as Ani DiFranco)
Published by Righteous Babe Music (BMI)
Performed by Ani Difranco (as Ani DiFranco)
Ani DiFranco appears courtesy of Herself and Righteous Babe Records
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Good.
29 January 2003 | by chthon2See all my reviews

This film is about the activist years of Yippie Abbie Hoffman and the time after. People expecting to see a biopic about his activism, antics, or books will be dissapointed. The film is about Abbie Hoffman. Not about his efforts, but about him.

The editing is not that great, and the dialogue could have been better, but the scenes are entertaining even without good pacing. D'Onofrio also did his best to portray Hoffman, even though he's 9 inches taller and doesn't look like him. He seems to capture that charisma, that "mojo" that other people seem to like. He' also very good in the second half, when you can tell Abbie is pondering his life - if he's doomed to run forever, is he running from nothing, did he waste his life. He seemed very tortured.

A lot of people may be dissapointed, but this is still a good film. Such a shame it didn't get wide release.


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