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Stevie A difficult-to-watch but moving film that's as much about the liberal guilt of filmmaker Steve James (''Hoop Dreams'') as it is about its subject,...StevieDocumentaryPT145MUnrated A difficult-to-watch but moving film that's as much about the liberal guilt of filmmaker Steve James (''Hoop Dreams'') as it is about its subject,...2003-09-26Lions Gate Films
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Stevie

Genre: Documentary; Starring: Steve James; Director: Steve James; Release Date Limited: 03/28/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 145; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

A difficult-to-watch but moving film that’s as much about the liberal guilt of filmmaker Steve James (”Hoop Dreams”) as it is about its subject, Stevie is a compassionate exploration of hopelessness. Stevie, a troubled kid James once mentored, is, more than 10 years later, a deep-in-trouble grown man: He’s survived mind-boggling dysfunction only to perpetrate abuse on a child in his care. Unable to remain the neutral observer, James reinvolves himself with the bent-on-destruction Stevie, and the doc becomes a sadly fascinating view of the burdens of advantage colliding with the mire of disadvantage. EXTRAS James and crew’s commentary is a virtual Documentary Filmmaking 101, with notes on everything from the ethics of butting in to handling background noise.

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