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Stolen Summer (2002)

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A Catholic boy tries to convert a terminally ill Jewish boy, so he will be able to go to Heaven.

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Pete Jones

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Pete Jones

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... Joe O'Malley
Bonnie Hunt ... Margaret O'Malley
Kevin Pollak ... Rabbi Jacobsen
Eddie Kaye Thomas ... Patrick O'Malley
Lisa Dodson Lisa Dodson ... Mrs. Jacobsen
Mike Weinberg ... Danny Jacobsen
Adi Stein Adi Stein ... Pete O'Malley
Brian Dennehy ... Father Kelly
Peggy Roeder Peggy Roeder ... Sister Leonora Mary
Martin Hughes Martin Hughes ... Jimmy
Ryan Kelley ... Seamus O'Malley
Lindsay Light ... Katie O'Malley
Will Malnati ... Eddie O'Malley
Kristie Kelley Kristie Kelley ... Marie O'Malley
Etel Billig Etel Billig ... Esther
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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 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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All the fights. All the drama. See more »

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ellopott nyár See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,613, 24 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$119,841, 31 March 2002
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After co-Producer Jeff Balis was fired, the executive Producer changed his mind the next day, crediting a conversation with his wife the night before. See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1976, modern cars and trucks can be seen parked on the street in the background when Margaret is driving the car with her children at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Rabbi Jacobsen: If you ask people to think, that's when they start complaining.
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Connections

References Crooklyn (1994) See more »

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IN THE SUMMERTIME
Written by Ray Dorset (PRS)
Performed by Mungo Jerry
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes, LLC (ASCAP)
o/b/o/ Sony Music UK Ltd./Associated Music Intl. (PRS) Universal/Polygram International Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Eliot M. Cohen
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Childhood innocence on the South Side of Chicago
23 February 2004 | by gooseswanSee all my reviews

I thought Stolen Summer was competently done. The director, Pete Jones, was blessed with great performances from well known performers like Bonnie Hunt, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Pollak, and Brian Dennehy. The film explores the differences between Catholicism and Judaism seen through the eyes of a child. The child protagonist takes on the challenge of making sure a Jewish child goes to heaven. The story is set on the South Side of Chicago in the mid-70's and since I grew up in roughly that time I enjoyed the talk about the White Sox of that era. The authenticity overall is accurate, but the film lacks a spark. Watching an 8-year-old try to figure out some of the intricacies of life is a great idea for a story. I just think that the plot lacked any real surprises.


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