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Steal This Movie back to product details

A true revolutionary....
written by PandT September 13, 2005 - 10:07 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful

Steal This Movie is the biopic of Abbie Hoffman. Yes it's homogenized for the public's consumption, but it is quite an enjoyable film using it's low budget to the max. It is nowhere near as bad as the critics made it out to be. I said to my wife "I wonder why this film didn't get a better response"...and then I remembered when and where I live! With it's title a word play on the title of Hoffman's book Steal This Book, the drama shows what you would expect of this government-hassled, protesting-hippie-freak, Amerikan-Constitution-loving, trouble-making, Pentagon-levitating, street-theater-guerrilla, patriot.

The cast Vincent D'Onofrio (Abbie), Janeane Garofalo (his wife Anita Hoffman) and Jeanne Tripplehorn (his lover Johanna Lawrenson) were all excellent in their roles. This flick is certainly worth a watch on a rainy night and despite all of it's melodramatisation (my word) of Abbie's life, one might actually learn a thing or two about Hoffman's deeds and times, particularly those who weren't there during the fairly realistically shown events. (The film often uses stock footage intercut with the drama). I did feel not enough screen time was lent to Abbie's relationship with sometime sidekick Jerry Rubin. l find many bio-pics tend to make little use of a famous person's almost god-like stature, in Abbie's and this film's case, it works in the audience's favor.

Hoffman was a member of the famous Chicago 7 and at some point went underground. Abbie ended up as a fugitive and using the name Barry Freed became a conservationist for the St. Lawrence Waterways in a committee the size of most local sewing circles. Yet Hoffman's commitment to this growing important cause is well covered towards the end of Steal This Movie. The film shows that Abbie was always in it for justice for all, and he used his hilarious might for right in almost all situations. His life ended rather tragically; a used media-rag from an earlier hopeful and experimental generation, a tired Hoffman in his 50's was the first person to admit and tell college age kids, it is their time and their energy that can change the world now.

I've heard that Abbie was found, a suicide, with a copy of The Declaration of Independence on his chest, lying too still for this often misunderstood and crafty activist/revolutionary. This film tells us Hoffman was a man who helped blacks in southern America escape a type of apartheid, helped stop an unpopular and unjust war, helped woman gain more respect and status, helped inform an ecologically challenged nation understand it's weaknesses, and tried his damnedest to make us smile while he and many others tried to inspire and create a better democracy for all. This bio-flick is worth the watch, especially for those who weren't there, and would like some small amount of information about this, sadly, almost forgotten, important American man.

I am so glad this film was made...
written by larbeck October 8, 2003 - 1:15 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Abbie Hoffman is one of my personal heroes, flaws and all. He was one of the greatest patriots of our time and paid dearly for it. I heard that Janeane Garofalo was one of the driving forces that got this film made and that is wonderful, she and the others involved gave America a gift that it may not deserved but sorely needed. It could have been better, sure, but it was a miracle that it was made at all. After you see the film, read the biography by by Jack Hoffman (Abbie's brother) and Daniel Simon: _Run_Run_Run: _The_Lives_of_Abbie_Hoffman_. Many will disagree and some will call me crazy, but the man was a modern Thomas Jefferson.

History, they don't teach it in school so you better watch the movie.
written by robothelpermonkey October 29, 2002 - 11:28 PM PST
10 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I'm 31, I don't(didn't) really have a clue about the 60's political movement. Sure, heard a few things, read some things. But, really didn't know much about the Chicago 8 or Hoffman.

One of the producers is Hoffman's lawyer, his wife and several other friends where heavily involved in the writing/making of this movie. So, I think it's accurate and close to what Hoffman would want said.

I feel like I've learned something. This movie brought a bit of the 60's fwd in time so that I could experience it. One of the stated purposes of the movie was to expose the next generation to Hoffman's energy and ideals. "Steal This Movie" meets this goal while being entertaining and not preachy.

The acting, writing, and pacing are all superb. Even if you could care less about the politics the movie is an interesting story of the trials and triumphs of a unique person.

The extras include interviews, deleted scenes(with or without commentary), and trailers/production/storyboard stuffs.

um, thumbs up or whatever.


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