Stolen Summer: James Bridges
EW Staff
February 07, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Stolen Summer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
1 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/22/02
performer
Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Hunt, Kevin Pollak, Aidan Quinn, Adiel Stein, Mike Weinberg
director
Pete Jones
Producer
Chris Moore
Producers
LivePlanet
distributor
Miramax
author
Pete Jones
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

Even the most casual viewer of ”Project Greenlight” — the HBO show that follows contest winner Jones as he stumbles through his debut feature — knows that his 25-day shoot was rife with problems. But Jones and his cast insist the series accentuated the negative: ”There was a lot of laughter, and we did make mistakes, but we really enjoyed ourselves,” he says. ”They don’t show that.” What they do show is Jones, whose previous on-set experience included gofer work on ”Primary Colors,” filming the story of two Chicago kids — one Jewish, one Catholic — trying to make sense of their religions during the summer of ’76. Though Miramax budgeted the film at $1 million, Jones and producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris Moore pushed for more — and got another $500,000. Jones says that at Sundance, studio co-chief Harvey Weinstein told him, ”’I can’t believe you were a baby on the million dollars I gave you!’ And he put his arm around me and said, ‘Good job. That’s what good directors do. They fight for everything.”’ But would Quinn — who plays a fireman dad — fight to take part again? ”If it was a role as good as this,” he says. ”And if they paid me for a change.”

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