Stolen Summer

Stolen Summer

Director: Pete Jones Cast: Aidan Quinn, Bonnie Hunt, Kevin Pollak


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Pete (Adi Stein) is an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-'70s. Pete attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of 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 (Kevin Pollack), who responds to Pete's barrage of questions with good humor. Pete also makes friends with the Rabbi's son, Danny (Michael Weinberg), 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 (Brian Dennehy) informs Pete that all will be tested before they pass the Pearly Gates, he sets up a mini-decathlon and puts Danny in training as he attempts to reshape his spiritual thinking. Pete's parents (Bonnie Hunt and Aidan Quinn) aren't sure just what to make of Pete's new summer project, and as they become aquatinted with Rabbi Jacobson, they share their perspectives on the unexpected trials of parenting. Stolen Summer received more than its share of pre-release publicity; writer/director Pete Jones' script was the winner in a nationwide screenwriting competition sponsored by producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, with Miramax Pictures pledging a one-million-dollar budget and a theatrical release to the winning story. As part of the deal, the production of Stolen Summer was documented by a film crew from the premium cable network HBO, who aired a documentary miniseries about the making of the film, Project Greenlight.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
UPC: 0031398139041
Original Release: 2002
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:31:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aidan Quinn Joe O'Malley
Bonnie Hunt Margaret O'Malley
Kevin Pollak Rabbi Jacobsen
Adi Stein Pete O'Malley
Eddie Kaye Thomas Patrick o'Malley
Brian Dennehy Father Kelly
Mike Weinberg Actor

Technical Credits
Pete Jones Director,Screenwriter
Ben Affleck Executive Producer
Jeff Balis Co-producer
Pete Biagi Cinematographer
Matt Damon Executive Producer
Gregg Featherman Editor
Devorah Herbert Production Designer
Alex Keledjian Associate Producer
Danny Lux Score Composer
Chris Moore Executive Producer
Patrick Peach Executive Producer
Stacy Ellen Rich Costumes/Costume Designer
Martha Ring Set Decoration/Design
F. Alexander Riordan Sound/Sound Designer
Michelle Sy Executive Producer
Bruce Terris Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: The Path to Heaven
2. Embarking on a Quest
3. "Advertising Thought"
4. Chasing Fires
5. "Parenting 101"
6. Lasagna and an Invite
7. Work and Worth
8. Planning the Conversation
9. "More Questions Than Answers"
10. The Beach
11. Being a Boy
12. Praying for Danny
13. Charity or Kindness?
14. Fnishing the Decathlon
15. Mom's Nose
16. A Father's Pride
17. Danny's Medal
18. Symbols of Faith
19. End Credits

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Stolen Summer 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jules_CA More than 1 year ago
If you think of "Stolen Summer" as a mockery of Catholicism, then this movie deserves five stars. The religiosity and works based thinking of Catholicism is amusingly portrayed. This movie supports the recent findings of the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. Catholics scored low on their knowledge of the Bible, their knowledge of other religions, and their knowledge of their own religion. "Stolen Summer" ends with the heretical notion that it doesn't matter whose name you call on as long as that person represents good. It would be a cute movie if salvation wasn't a critical issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago