Robert Greenwald's movie aims to rehabilitate the reputation of Abbie Hoffman, clown prince of the '60s counterculture (a "Groucho Marxist," sneered his detractors), by recreating key pieces of Hoffman's political theater, revealing the
torment behind the public face, and reminding viewers that Hoffman was a longtime target of Cointelpro, a secret FBI's program that harassed domestic political dissidents. The title echoes Hoffman's notorious manifesto, Steal This Book!
, and begins in the mid-'70s, when Hoffman was a fugitive. Having fled an arrest for drug dealing (which may have been trumped up), Hoffman (Vincent D'Onofrio) goads a journalist into writing an...