Friday, February 02, 2007

Steal this Movie

Steal This Movie (2000) is an American biographical film of 1960s radical figure Abbie Hoffman. It was directed by Robert Greenwald and the screenplay was written by Bruce Graham. It is based on a number of books including To America with Love: Letters From the Underground by Anita and Abbie Hoffman and Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel by Marty Jezer.

The film follows "yippie" revolutionary" Abbie Hoffman's (Vincent D'Onofrio) relationship with his second wife Anita (Janeane Garofalo) and their awakening and subsequent conversion to an activist life. After going underground to evade imprisonment, Abbie Hoffman contacts a reporter in order to get the information about the FBI's covert spying, harassment and violent incitement which they then blamed on the Left. The sceptic reporter interview's Anita, Hoffman's wife, now separated from him and living on welfare in New York City. As the reporter interviews Hoffman's attourney and others involved, Hoffman's activism and ideology is portrayed in flashback, from his early civil rights organizing through to the trial of the Chicago Eight.

The title of the film is a play on Hoffman's ironically best-selling book and manual of subversion and counter-culture guidebook entitled "Steal This Book" (1970)

Director: Robert Greenwald, 2000
with Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Donal Logue, Kevin Corrigan, Kevin Pollak
1 hr 47 min 45 sec

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