New York Times - 08/18/2000
"...Vincent D'Onofrio plays [Abbie Hoffman] with an appealing, self-conscious gusto....Ms. Garofalo gives a tender, finely shaded portrait of a woman of remarkable flexibility, strength, humor and loyalty..."
USA Today - 08/18/2000
"...[D'Onofrio displays] bittersweet, reflective passion..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2000
"...An enjoyable magical mystery tour of a turbulent era....[D'Onofrio is] galvanizing..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/18/2000
"...A vital and conscientious rendering of the life and times of Abbie Hoffman....It is expressed with a firm sense of commitment to accuracy and authenticity..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/25/2000
"...Never boring....The closing passages are quite moving....[D'Onofrio] is charismatic and has an instinctive grasp of the dramatic gesture..."
Abbie Hoffman (Vincent D'Onofrio), the dynamic, energetic political activist who, in the 60s, protested the war in Vietnam and the capitalist philosophies of companies that produced Napalm--most memorably by burning piles of $1 bills outside the New York Stock Exchange--comes into focus in STEAL THIS MOVIE. Outspoken on issues ranging from environmentalism to CIA recruitment on college campuses, Hoffman inspired his generation and taught them how to organize politically. A detailed look at one of American counterculture's most fascinating personalities, STEAL THIS MOVIE is one film not to miss.
In STEAL THIS MOVIE, director Robert Greenwald and executive producer and star Vincent D'Onofrio recreate the life and times of Abbie Hoffman. They document Hoffman's public and private life, his days of protest and of exile; and they capture the sound of the times--with songs performed by Phil Ochs, Country Joe and the Fish, Edwin Starr, and Eric Burden and Billy Preston, and written by Donovan and Bob Dylan. Greenwald, with the help of ace French director of photography Denis Lenoir and editor Kimberley Ray, produces a seamless mix of news footage and newly staged sequences, and D'Onofrio gives a vivid performance as Hoffman. Together, they bring Hoffman's flamboyant theater of protest to life. They show the anti-war protest at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968--and the wild reaction of Mayor Daley's Police Department and the National Guard. Hoffman is one of the protesters brought to trial, and the trial--of the Chicago seven--is long, contentious, and sometimes hilarious. STEAL THIS MOVIE shows Hoffman's private life and his complex relationships with his "Angel," Johanna Lawrenson (Jeanne Tripplehorn), his son, and his second wife Anita--who is movingly portrayed by Janeane Garafolo.
New York City |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: August 18, 2000.
Gerry Lefcourt, the associate producer of STEAL THIS MOVIE, was Abbie Hoffman's attorney for 15 years and he never earned a penny from their working relationship.
French director of photography Denis Lenoir's distinguished credits include Patrice Leconte's MONSIEUR HIRE (1989), Bertrand Tavernier's DADDY NOSTALGIA (1990), and Christopher Hampton's CARRINGTON (1995).
Kimberley Ray's credits as editor include two films by Ron Shelton: COBB (1994) and TIN CUP (1996).