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4.3
249 Ratings

Stevie

Directed by Steve James
United States, 2002
Documentary

Synopsis

In 1995, director Steve James returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had once mentored. No longer the boy James once knew, he is now a damaged adult who has had repeated problems with the law.

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Stevie Directed by Steve James

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2003 | Winner: Cinematography Award (Documentary Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

2003 | Nominee: Best Documentary

One might conclude that the enormous value of a film like Stevie lies in its ability to take us places we’d probably never go otherwise — not merely as guilty liberals, but as thinking individuals who want to learn something about the world we inhabit.
March 28, 2003
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Rather than exploiting freak-show stereotypes, James shines a light on phenomenal reserves of strength, kindness and wisdom that lie beneath the redneck facades.
March 28, 2003
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Documentaries raise more questions than any other branch of filmmaking about what it means to be an active part of the world at the same time as you record and represent the world on screen. . . . “Stevie,” a nonfiction film by Steve James, raises such questions so vividly that they become an integral part of the movie itself, as interesting as the people and events Mr. James has chosen for his subjects.
March 28, 2003
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What are people saying?

  • Myles's rating of the film Stevie

    Drawing from all corners of one man's troubled life, James seeks redemption for his subject, but his subject isn't Stevie, it's humanity itself. This is a benchmark for documentary filmmakers-- I often found myself amazed that James managed to achieve such candor from his subject. Stevie's farewell to his grandma, the shot of his girlfriend on the courthouse balcony, the reunion with his foster parents-- indelible.

  • jmai's rating of the film Stevie

    At one point in STEVIE we encounter a member of the Aryan nation who wears a cut-off t-shirt from Les miz. Such is the absurd and lamentable world in this documentary. But James's film suggests that we might look at this world, a place over which we have little control (though we may be able to do some good there), with empathy rather than disdain.

  • Julia's rating of the film Stevie

    Prison is not for anyone. If only stronger mental health supports existed at all levels. This film was an extremely ambitious, seemingly impossible feat handled with remarkable sensitivity. Proving Stevie was good/bad, innocent/guilty was beside the point, his life speaks for itself. Whatever the reasons be, some are incapable of integrating in society & it is always heartbreaking for those intwined in their lives.

  • Jalise's rating of the film Stevie

    5 stars for self reflexive documentary filmmaking. healing. and stevie girlfriend's best friend in chicago what a beautiful soul.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Stevie

    "Sometime I wish we weren't so human." A wrenching portrait not only of a damaged and damaging soul who also happens to be a cackling jackass, but of a class, a region, and a tangled nest of overlapping afflictions (not to mention its own self-doubting, guilt-racked filmmaker), Stevie is a downbeat masterpiece of care, ambivalence and exasperation.

  • ronny's rating of the film Stevie

    film proof of the powerful stories endlessly offered up by humanity. the questions: which stories should be documented? and how close should the documentarian get?

  • Joe's rating of the film Stevie

    I will never, ever forget this film. So complex and unbelievably intimate, painfully sad yet still somehow a bit uplifting. Steve James never once resorts to condescension, like so many lesser filmmakers might with this subject matter. Stevie's girlfriend provides a level of insight and humanity that I was reflecting on for days after the film's final scenes with her.

  • FilmFan<3's rating of the film Stevie

    Very personal and great profiles of characters, but I feel that a lot of the film making here is put to use trying to clear the title character's name from the crimes he commits.

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