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Stealing Home
     

Stealing Home

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Director: Will Aldis, Steven Kampmann

Cast: Mark Harmon, Blair Brown

 

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The storytelling device of the flashback gets an intense workout in this tragic coming-of-age drama. Mark Harmon stars as washed-up baseball player Billy Wyatt, who is shocked when he receives news that his childhood sweetheart and friend Katie Chandler (Jodie Foster) has committed suicide and left the disposal of her ashes to his judgment. Although Billy and Katie

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The storytelling device of the flashback gets an intense workout in this tragic coming-of-age drama. Mark Harmon stars as washed-up baseball player Billy Wyatt, who is shocked when he receives news that his childhood sweetheart and friend Katie Chandler (Jodie Foster) has committed suicide and left the disposal of her ashes to his judgment. Although Billy and Katie have not kept in touch through the years, he has always carried a torch for her, his first love. On his way home, Billy recalls his past associations with the free-spirited Katie: their first meeting, the time they made love, and conversations they had, mostly during summers at the New Jersey shore. Billy also remembers the adolescent mischief he got into with his best friend, Alan Appleby (played by Jonathan Silverman in the flashbacks, Harold Ramis in the present-day), like when each of them ended up sleeping with other's prom date. Billy finally decides to cast Katie's ashes to the wind in the place where they were happiest, by the seashore. Stealing Home was reportedly based on the real-life experiences of its writers, former Second City troupe members and WKRP in Cincinnati writers Steven Kampmann and Will Aldis.

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The extremely selective Jodie Foster must now gnash her teeth at the reminder that she ever made something so willfully sentimental and misty-eyed as Stealing Home. Never has a film featuring a baseball player as a key character, not to mention using baseball terminology as its title, been so targeted at a female audience (A League of Their Own notwithstanding). Stealing Home is a "chick flick" of the highest order, so laden with nostalgia and ocean-front romance that male viewers reeled in by the misleading title may run for the exits -- or, at least, tell everyone their girlfriend dragged them to it. The dewy performances across the board don't do anything to distinguish a script that may have been too autobiographical for its writer-directors (Will Aldis and Steven Kampmann), leading them to eschew their sharper comic instincts in favor of cheesy earnestness. While it's not as memorable as other prominent tearjerkers from the late '80s and early '90s, those who appreciate such unbridled melodrama will find a fairly clean and tight example of it here.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2016
UPC:
0888574417024
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
28,253

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Harmon Billy Wyatt as an Adult
Blair Brown Ginny Wyatt
Jodie Foster Katie Chandler
Jonathan Silverman Alan Appleby as a Teen
Harold Ramis Alan Appleby as an Adult
John Shea Sam Wyatt
William McNamara Billy Wyatt as a Teen
Thatcher Goodwin Billy Wyatt as a Child
Richard Jenkins Hank Chandler
Christine Jones Grace Chandler
Beth Broderick Sexy Neighbor
Jane Brucker Sheryl
Ted Ross Bud Scott
Judy Kahan Laura Appleby
Sam Chew Nathan Appleby
Miriam Flynn Mrs. Parks
Brooke Stacy Mills Tennis Girl
Peter Bucossi Frank
Helen Hunt "Special Appearance"

Technical Credits
Will Aldis Director,Screenwriter
Steven Kampmann Director,Screenwriter
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
David Foster Score Composer
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Vaughan Edwards Art Director,Production Designer
Robert Franco Set Decoration/Design
Eric Gethers Screenwriter
Antony Gibbs Editor
Hank Moonjean Co-producer
Thom Mount Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stealing Home
1. Chapter 1 [7:11]
2. Chapter 2 [8:48]
3. Chapter 3 [7:47]
4. Chapter 4 [8:12]
5. Chapter 5 [8:46]
6. Chapter 6 [6:53]
7. Chapter 7 [8:39]
8. Chapter 8 [8:26]
9. Chapter 9 [6:53]
10. Chapter 10 [8:58]
11. Chapter 11 [6:51]
12. Chapter 12 [8:05]
13. Chapter 13 [2:15]

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Stealing Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fan of MArk Harmon I liked this movie - even for not being a sports fan as much. His acting ability is awesome. Jodie Foster is very good as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is so bittersweet that its sickening, but it hits the heart with a 1-2 punch that leaves you nostalsgic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago