Stealing Home (1988) – Encore Review

“[after giving Billy a baseball pendent] Now when things get confusing… and believe me they will… This will always remind you that you’re a ball player.” – Katie Chandler

Number of Times Seen – More than 10 times (Cable, video, DVD, 17 Jul 2016 and 1 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring baseball player must try and figure out what to do with the ashes of his former babysitter with whom he had a very strong connection wen he was younger.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it more than 30 years ago.

The story is perfectly set up and they make the viewer feel so much nostalgia and yearning for the past just like the characters which is all done in a very powerful way.

Mark Harmon is great in the lead role here, but Jodie Foster shines even brighter in her segments.

They come across so much more poignantly and help make the message of the film even more engrossing to watch.

This is IMHO, her best role and she is able to bring forth so much with the way that her character acts throughout.

Her performance makes the viewer reminisce so much back to a much simpler and innocent time in life.

The way that the story jumps back and forth in time works quite well and helps make us truly believe the way that the character recalls memories of the past which help propel him forward in his own life.

The rest of the cast is also superb with Blair Brown, Richard Jenkins, John Shea, Jonathan Silverman, William McNamara, Harold Ramis and even a very young Helen Hunt doing all they can to make things feel even more realistic along the way.

I love the film’s theme music and song by David Foster since they are able to enhance the story and make it feel even more powerful in all that they do here.

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Bottom Line – Amazing film that works so well. They are able to bring forth such a nostalgia as things move along that is quite powerful. Harmon is great in the lead, but the scenes with Foster are so much more poignant and allows the message of the story to be more entrancing. The character that she plays is a mixture of so many aspects of childhood that they make one reminisce so much for that part of our younger lives.  The film is able to jump back and forth in time so well and create a plausibility in the way that memories affect a person and can help move them forward in life.  The rest of the cast is also great with Brown, Jenkins, Shea, Silverman, McNamara, Ramis and even a very young Hunt all helping so much here. The film’s theme music and song by David Foster also enhance things because they let things feel even more powerful as the story unfolds. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The beach house scenes were shot at the same place as the famous “shrinkege” episode on the television series Seinfeld (1989). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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