Stevie -

There are 167 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 28, 2003, titled Stevie -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Another gripping and profoundly compassionate life portrait from the maker of "Hoop Dreams," Steve James.

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#153 Mar 8, 2012
Stevie is such a sick documentary!

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#154 Mar 8, 2012
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Carianne Popkin

San Antonio, TX

#155 Mar 23, 2012
Steve wrote:
Stevie has confessed to a number of even more crimes while incarcerated in Pontiac prison. He also has earned no good time and his parole will be considered with those pending indictments. He won't be getting out any time soon.
His house in Pomona is gone and the family moved to the highway and don't speak much of him. No one has visited him in jail the entire time. He is a time bomb waiting to go off if and when he is released from prison. Grandma died two years ago and he will be put out on the streets.
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I just wanted to say, I love your work, and truly enjoyed watching Stevie and Hoop Dreams.
xena44

Lehigh Acres, FL

#156 Apr 14, 2012
did you ever speak to tonya?
Sympathetic wrote:
After reading these posts, I had to go and rent the movie to see what it was about. This is truly a sad case. Steve, I commend you for the time you did spend as a "big brother", that is something I have always wanted to do, but could never seem to find the time.
I live in Murphysboro, and I do see Tonya walking, I have never spoken with her, but I do intend to the next chance I get. She came across as a very caring and thoughful person.
As far as the Rowe punk goes, I know his father, and the kid is not a product of his upbringing. His parents are the most kind and generous people I have ever met. Unfortunately, like so many others....they produced a moron.
I do hope that when and if Stevie is released from prison he gets the help he truly needs, but, unfortunately this will probably not be the case.
Bubba

O Fallon, IL

#157 Apr 18, 2012
xena44 wrote:
did you ever speak to tonya?
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What ever became of Tonya? She seems like such a sweet person. Iknow that things must not of worked out for her and Stevie, because he is now in Nashville Tenn. I hope she is doing fine. Tonya if you are reading this I hope you let me know that you are doing ok...
JVehorn

Columbia, SC

#158 May 19, 2012
To the A-holes who felt the stupid comments they made about a Documentary THEY NEVER EVEN WATCHED!! May YOU ALL come back in another lifetime and experience the horrible rotten life this man had growing up!! Because you F****** DESERVE TO!!! MORONS!! And to Stevie, you never had a chance even from conception, may your next lifetime be better and worth living. I pray your so-called "Mother" spends her eternity burning in hell. God Bless you Stevie. Nobody told you anything or gave you the slightest guidance in life. You just learned from the terrible experiences you went through. I would have loved to have raised you as my son. I truly believe there was a sweet, tender, innocent little boy inside you that was thrown into a grotesque disgusting world. You just tried to survive. God Bless honey.
JVehorn

Columbia, SC

#159 May 19, 2012
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JVehorn

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#161 May 19, 2012
CptWiggles wrote:
Stevie is such a sick documentary!
YOUR COMMENT IS COMPLETELY USELESS AS ARE YOU.
JVehorn

Columbia, SC

#162 May 19, 2012
sunlion wrote:
ROFLMFAO
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MORONS LIKE YOU MAKE ME WANT TO PUKE.
nell

Australia

#163 Jun 13, 2012
A lot of people seem to have the time to watch docos on the less fortunate and comment as they will, but most of the time it ends there. More people need to value working in areas like disabilities as opposed to careers that make $$$. The whole world seems upside down. Everyone has their own dramas I suppose. I only caught the last 15 mins of this doco, it was moving and will hopefully inspire more good actions from the public, not just internet fascination and hype.
Sanchez

Garden City, NY

#164 Jun 13, 2012
I have to poop
De greentree

Toukley, Australia

#165 Jun 14, 2012
Scooter wrote:
Just watched the documentary tonight. It was excellent! I'm almost the exact same age as Stephen, and used to have to travel to various cities in southern IL as part of my job. Murphysboro area was not one of them and it seems to take the hick cake bar none. Facinating characters, dwellings, and churches. Competition from some of the places I've been to in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri, but think ole Pomona is holding it's own. Looks like I watched at about the right time. He's out of prision, and locked right back up again. Is he still in jail in Nashville? Anyone know what the charges are? I wish him the best, he did his time for diddling that little girl, hopefully he can start over. I'll say this though, I wouldn't want to be any person in Oak Park, IL who profited or was perceived to have profited from his spectical. He is nucking futs. Nice and liquored up with a machete and greasy catapillar hat on, wouldn't want him sneaking up on me. Excellent job on the film, I'll definitely recommend it to friends. Just out of curisoity does he get any royalities from the distribution?
Regards,
Scooter
It was mentioned in the doco, " funds were put aside" for stevie.. I would hope Stevie the soul who lost so so much / and his family.. is being helped by the doco makers profits.. as really it was them who allowed such heart .honesty. and openess.. mi do belive the only reseason they all contributed to it in the belife it might save "hope" in there hearts and inturn save there bro...
Nextdocotonyaand friend

Collingwood, Australia

#166 Jun 15, 2012
Wow what a doco... The true heroes were the strong young women, Tonya, Tonyas friend in Chicago and Brenda... Please make a doco about them! I also suggest that Stevie has an aspergers type psychiatric problem. It was so heart moving to see him so connected and disconnected from the world... Strangely Tonya was his link to the world. unfortunately prisons are full of them... This is the real social problem, and the divide is growing. Lots to ponder...
murder burger

Twickenham, UK

#167 Jun 18, 2012
Why is Stevie Wonder so happy?

Because he doesn't know he's black.
Nextdocotonyaand friend

Collingwood, Australia

#168 Jun 23, 2012
The issue of mental illness is essential element to this film. He was clearly vulnerable and didn't have the support services to facilitate healthy decision making. That's not to say he still could not have. I experienced abuse in my early teen and have not turned into an abuser, nor for that matter, gone on to make a series of bad decisions. My life is, for the most part, successful. I have two great kids, a healthy academic career and a loving relationship. Rather than blame anyone, I got on with life and used it as a springboard for change. I have never been a victim and have forgiven my abuser. I am not bitter and can love and trust men. I didn't have an emotionally healthy family either however i was emotionally healthy. Go figure! This is an often misheld belife that if your family an emotionaly stunted, so will the kids. Very inacccurate. Maybe what sets me apart was what had was wisdom but most importantly, an education. I now have a doctorate and teach in the area in which I have first hand experience. So, the key here is not just about lack of support to stop the train wreck called, Stevie, but the serious issues of mental illness which sometimes cannot be stopped. Sometimes life just happens and sometimes, not matter what support, things still happen. Who knows if, even with all the support in the world, some people are just waiting to happen. After all, he was an adult.
Student

Tinley Park, IL

#169 Sep 9, 2012
I add to watch this documentary for class, they never said what year he was convicted. anybody know?
Mackie

Brooklyn, NY

#170 Apr 1, 2013
@ Student:
Stevie's sentence began 10/1/1999.
SPE

Baltimore, MD

#171 Jun 6, 2013
Listen....I was a victim of abuse and neglect growing up and I have to say Stevie had more support from family members than I ever did. There are people like me that DIDN'T HAVE a grandmother that always offered a place to live and food.....DIDN'T have the support of a half sister that managed SSI checks and tried to look out for him....DIDN'T have the luxury of blaming the system for my mistakes. i was homeless at 18 without an ounce of help from anybody.... However as an adult I had to accept the consequences of my mistakes and actions...and I feel that is what helped me break the cycle of physical, emotional, and metal abuse I suffered and was prevalent in my family. I now have 3 wonderful children that have a father that decided to change. Stevie had way more support than many....and we are supposed to feel some sympathy for this baby raper....in my opinion Stevie learned from an early age that he could blame a variety of things for his F-ups and get away without suffering the full consequences. At least he had a couple dollars, food, and a warm place to sleep....try not having that and THEN I'll feel some sympathy. he grew up to be an out of control sick punk because the system and society gave him chance after chance because they felt"sorry" for him. Like the owner of the General Store and Stevie's former probation officer said in the movie....WHEN DOES SOCIETY'S RESPONSIBILITY END????? Steven Fielding is just mentally unstable sadist that learned how to blame everything but himself for his crimes. If you want proof just check out his former prison social network page....he talks about his love of sex with children and incest... So it wasn't his abusive family history that shaped him....he is a sick MF that needs to stay behind bars. Not all of us that are victims and grew up on orphanages had the chances this punk had....AND DIDN'T MOLEST CHILDREN. And Steve James is nothing more than an exhibitionist that focuses his DOCS on dysfunctional situations to show and profit from.
Tim Smith

Arlington, VA

#172 Sep 17, 2014
I was puzzled by the comment, "Grandma won't be missed." Whatever her hang-ups, she seemed to be the only person who stayed around to pitch for Stevie. Who else, really, was behind him? The foster parents, who moved on to greener pastures? The mother, who apparently was only interested in him as long as she got her moment on stage? The director, who saw his neediness as a teenager, yet moved on with his life also?

I just saw this documentary, and felt a strong connection to it. After a childhood in a cult, a childhood filled with horrific sexual and physical abuse, I was rescued from abroad by my grandmother from a parent with whom I have not had contact in forty years. I went on to become an FBI supervisor, and to have a family of my own. I prospered greatly, despite things which should have destroyed my life. I saw my own grandmother in Stevie's grandmother, and his was his step-grandmother! It makes her loyalty all the more impressive. The other characters in the movie appear to have been mostly attracted by the glow of the cameras. I doubt otherwise that they would have had Stevie in close orbit.

What kept me from ending up in a mental hospital or going on a murderous rampage? The love of my elderly grandmother, who never gave up on me and fought for me until I could fight for myself. I am saddened that it wasn't enough to redeem Stevie, in his own situation. I suspect there were just too many other factors working against him.

A standing ovation for this film on the capriciousness of the human character and the human condition.
Tim Smith

Arlington, VA

#173 Sep 17, 2014
Having said all that, and confessing I do have empathy for Stevie, I would also have to say I do agree with some of SPE's comments. At some point, Stevie had to be held accountable.

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