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Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster, Blair Brown, Jonathan Silverman, Harold Ramis
  • Directors: Steven Kampmann, William Porter
  • Writers: Steven Kampmann, William Porter
  • Producers: Chana Ben-Dov, Hank Moonjean, Thom Mount
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 1 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790737701
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,043 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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By Steven Cain on Sept. 17 2002
Format: VHS Tape
What a wonderful movie and what a wonderful set of reviews. Stealing Home has definitely struck a chord with a lot of thinking, feeling people.
The casting was a work of genius and every member of the cast, of whatever age group, gave 1000%. There are so many fine moments in this classic movie that I can only urge you to buy a copy ASAP. Yet through all the humour, drama, romance and teenage testosterone overload, the bitter-sweet tinge of loss and lost love gives Stealing Home a magical flavour.
One of the greatest things about high quality teen love and initiation movies such as Stealing Home and Summer Of 42, is that the viewer can experience the events and the people's lives vicariously. While I cannot relate directly to this type of movie, as I never had any physical relationships in my teens, I can thoroughly enjoy living those moments through the lives of the film characters.
This is a very sensitive and intelligent portrayal of the lives of a group of ordinary people, who shared some very special moments. In an industry filled with car chases and shoot outs, Stealing Home shines like a diamond and serves as a reminder of just how good a film can and should be.
A true classic.
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2002
Format: DVD
When this very special film begins, Billy Wyatt (Mark Harmon in an affecting performance) is adrift, further away from the promising ballplayer he once was than he has ever been. The most wonderful person in his life is Katie Chandler (Jodie Foster in a magical turn). Katie was his babysitter and first crush, and his compass for who he is. She has always been the one to point him in the right direction. She is doing so again by giving him a gift he must return home for; her red VW convertible, and her ashes.
The magical Katie has killed herself at Seascape, the fondly remembered second home and hangout of his youth. This wonderful free spirit who filled his life with memories was the only person who really knew how lost he was without baseball, and one last and poignant time she will be his compass and put him back on the right path. At once inspirational and heartbreaking, uplifting and melancholy, this is a truly unique film that you will never forget. It holds a special place in the heart of anyone who has seen it.
Foster's 'Katie' is one of her most memorable performances. She captures perfectly the free soul who is just a little different, and a little more wonderful, than everyone else. She is that one person, who if were lucky enough in this life, comes along to be our friend, to love us, and be our guide towards adulthood. There are images of Foster's 'Katie' in this film that will quietly stay with you for the rest of your life.
A lot of this film takes place as Billy is on his way home by train, recalling these wonderful images. Their free spirited 'drives' always getting them into trouble, but always making life better somehow. She comforts him during a family tragedy and on his birthday gives him a silver chain with a baseball, telling him, "It's who you are Billy.
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Format: DVD
Nothing much to add, as most reviewers have pointed out how "Stealing Home" came to touch our hearts in some way or another. Yet I want to express some of my feelings after watching this movie once again, this time on DVD. 1. The DVD itself kind of let me down due to its lack of so many features I'd expected (commentaries, producer's notes, deleted scenes etc...) Hopefully Warner Bros. will release a special or collector's edition to make up for that. 2. I may be wrong, but "Stealing Home" obviously tends to become a "classic" -- in the sense that it brings up a lot of memories or nostalgic sentiments to the viewer, just like what "Summer of '42" or "The Big Chill" always does to me. That being said, I got myself a pleasant surprise while going over all the reviews on Amazon.com and found one written by Katie Kampmann -- who played "baby Hope" and whom the main character played by Jodie Foster was actually named after. If this wonderful movie grows with the "real" Katie, well, it also grows with many other people -- no doubt about it. And whenever we feel lost in life ("... when things get confusing, and believe me Billy, they will"), we can always go back to the treasure chest of our memories to find a mystical face or smile that'd give us the strength to move on in the right direction...
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Format: VHS Tape
Stealing Home is basically a nostalgic movie made in the 80s about a man, Mark Harmon, who looks back on his 60s youth and his first love. In other words, it is the plot to about a thousand other 80's movies. Yep, all the qualities of bad 80's films are here: the WAY overdone soundtrack and background music in every single scene, an homage to baby boomer youth and pop culture, and, of course, someone losing their virginity. On occasion this kind of movie can be good (The Big Chill had its moments), but this movie fails on every level. I found the dialogue predictable and stupid, the characters extremely dull (except for maybe Jodie Foster who plays his babysitter and love interest but she isn't in the film much) and the editing, well, I think a LOT of the film was cut.
The talent is there: Jodie Foster, John Shea, Helen Hunt (who has maybe on line of dialogue), Harold Ramis and Mark Harmon. But who can tell when the script, the direction, and the editing are so bad. I wanted to care about these characters but the movie does not take the time to let the audience get to know them.
Anyway, I'd never heard of this film until I stumbled onto at 2 am in the morning one night. I now see why.
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