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Stevie (2002)

Steve James , Stephen Fielding , Steve James  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory, Bernice Hagler, Verna Hagler
  • Directors: Steve James
  • Producers: Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Peter Gilbert, Adam Singer, Kathryn Tucker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009XN4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stevie" on IMDb

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In 1994, Director Steve james returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had bben an "Advocate Big Brother" to ten years earlier. He began a film to discover the forces that shaped Stevie's entire life,

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5 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING December 8, 2003
wow.....i am a true docuholic and this one is the to "capturing the freidmans". this one sticks with you for a while. stevie's girlfriend is the most spritiualy right on girl i have ever seen. to get a full grasp on this must watch the audio commentary (where we are promised a lollipop)to fully understand the compassion that the crew and mr. james put into this piece of work.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen... December 20, 2003
Steve James, the director of Hoop Dreams, comes back to rural Illinois to make a movie about the little boy who became a man, Stevie Fielding. Steve J was his "Big Brother" once upon a time. He grew up with a mother that didn't want him, never knew his birth father, had a past of being abused and neglected, and basically was passed around all of the foster homes in Illinois.
The movie focuses partially on the trouble that Stevie has gotten into over the years, and the pending prison time he may have to do, because of some alleged crime he had committed during filming.
Stevie's life is a train wreck, impossible to turn away from. It is obvious that he has had severe emotional scars that have traveled with him into adulthood, and sometimes he just seems like a 28 year old child. He doesn't want to take responsibility for anything he has done. His life is an open book to those he talks to, as if he doesn't have any remorse for the major and minor crimes he has committed.
When you meet his mother, you start to understand where the attitude stems from. This is a woman, who beat him when he was a child, couldn't handle him herself, and turned him over to his grandma, who wasn't really his blood grandmother at all, but his step-dad's mother. The mother feels that people are constantly blaming her, for things past and present. It does seem though, that she tries to reconcile with Stevie and her daughter (who she has caused similar harm) throughout the film. Maybe she realized that she has made some mistakes in the past and she is ready to fess up. Maybe she feels guilt. I think a lot of the people involved feel guilt, including Steve J.
I really liked the honesty that went into it. Steve J. is like a Mr.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
When I heard about this 2002 documentary by Steve James, the director who brought us "Hoop Dreams", I just had to see it. "Stevie" is a disturbing look at a tortured life of a blue-eyed blond child who had a rotten childhood and grew up to become an abuser himself. When the director was in college, he was a "big brother" to the little boy but later moved away. After ten years, he returned to meet up with Stevie, now an in his twenties. Stevie had been in every foster home in Southern Illinois and got in trouble in all of them. When we meet him, he is living with his step-grandmother, hates his mother, has had a short abusive marriage, has never held a steady job, and has a mentally retarded girlfriend.
The film follows this troubled young man for 4-1/2 years and the director cannot help but take a good hard look at his own role in the film he is making. Right in front of us we see the result of years of neglect and abuse of the boy, now a man. He's angry, abuses alcohol and is sometimes violent. The setting is rural Illinois, a place of trailer camps, fundamentalist churches, fishing creeks, white supremacist culture, pickup trucks and unemployment. With the exception of Stevie's half-sister, who has a happy marriage and eventually has a baby, most of the people are sad and angry. It is not a pretty place to live.
The film is 145 minutes long but it never lags. I was completely caught up in Stevie's life, my feelings ranging from pity to anger as it gradually became quite clear that Stevie's character was set for life and that there would be little, if any change. When he is charged with a crime, we see him fighting the justice system. Eventually, he loses. This is not surprising.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve and Stevie... April 4, 2005
What I found most interesting about this documentary is that the filmmaker Steve James has a hard time separating himself from the subject Stevie. Whereas a lot of people walk away from this film feeling like Steve used Stevie's situation as an opportunity, I felt that the film was more of a reflection of how he feels that he's failed his "little brother". It would be easier for James to edit himself out of the film, to focus solely on Stevie and to take advantage of his situation, but instead he references himself shouldering some of the blame for the situation. I believe it was the filmmaker's intention to show himself at his most distasteful, it's part of the honestly of the film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow June 16, 2004
This is a powerful and moving documentary about a college student who served as a Big Brother to a troubled youth, then returned years later to make a film and really get to know him. During the filming, Stevie (the troubled youth and focus of the film) is charged with a serious crime and the film takes us through the effects of this, on Stevie, his family and friends, and on the director. By introducing viewers to the characters in Stevie's life, the movie presents an amazing portrait of growing up poor and the constraints of average life in low-income rural America. It also demonstrates the detrimental impact that can be had on young lives when individuals within a community fail to love and commit to children. It makes viewers question the influence of heridity, upbringing, and individual choice in the formation of one's life journey. Most importantly, it shows the complete character of a person that outsiders might label a monster, and forces viewers to hesitate before making judgments. At two hours 25 minutes, the movie runs long at times and could have used a little more editing. Overall, it's a powerful and important film, well worth viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting and would like to know how his life is now .
Published 3 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie and Tonya Forever!
Great movie..really heart breaking and funny. And Tonya Gregory is really special. We love stevie - he was the smartest character in the whole film..
Published 5 months ago by christopher miller-chapin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful Movie!
Stevie is one of those movies that makes you wonder how much of a responsibility do we have as a society to help troubled youth. Read more
Published 6 months ago by HUNTER13
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad story!
Sad, sad story! Stevie never had a chance, and now it too late to change how he was raised. Thanks
Published 14 months ago by steve taft
5.0 out of 5 stars Too much truth?
Heartrending, brilliant. REALITY reality - Dostoevsky in the American sticks. In many ways, a more impressive achievement than "Hoop Dreams."
Published 14 months ago by R Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Excuses and Not Enough Commitment
I don't know why this film was made. There are 100s of films about children who would have been better off being raised by wolves than their parents and I don't think that this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by JesseP
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Documentary about a difficult topic...
This documentary is about Steven Fielding, his life, the people who care about him and how he ends up in prison. The documentary is not easy viewing but is well worth a look. Read more
Published 22 months ago by srh2767
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie
Stevie is a very contraversal DVD..a lot of people may find it a bit confronting but it is such a natural doco & such an honest movie
Published on September 19, 2012 by Colleen
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Documentary
I bought the doumentary bc I like them. This was an interesting story. The price was right. I didnt care much for the drive the director had for making the movie. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by aussie1492
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Steve James BEST documentary!
I loved this film sooo much. It shows the result of an 'unloved' child. Dont feel sorry for stevie just yet. YOU'LL BE SHOCKED!
Published on May 31, 2012 by Salathiel Tate
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