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Stolen Summer (2002)

PG | | Drama | 25 July 2003 (Italy)
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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

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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

'Penn, Sean' was offered the role Joe O'Malley, but turned it down and did I Am Sam (2001) in which he was nominated for an Oscar. See more »

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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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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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Heartfelt but Lacking
22 August 2003 | by mixiallenSee all my reviews

This movie was a wonderful movie until the last ten minutes when it falls completely flat on its face. The movie examines the unique and heartfelt friendship between the young son of an angry Irish Catholic and the young son of a Jewish Rabbi. Not only are the characters deeply explored, their differing faiths are thoughtfully examined throughout the film. It's a shame that the "powers that be" had to fold in the last ten minutes and give viewers bogus wishy-washy so-called theology that proves moviemakers are still afraid of moral absolutes. What a shame. Bonnie Hunt was so convincing as the dutiful wife and loving mother I wanted to adopt her. Kevin Pollak was incredible as the agonized father living with terminal illness.


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