Richard Jewell and the Thieves has been released on DVD and I'm sure you are not wasting your time by just passing this one over. This movie was produced by Elton John who was the original producer of the Tony Bennett song The Power of Love but went on to use this as a lead in to his Live Aid concert.
The documentary is based on the life of Rick Orenstein, a New York City stockbroker who was hit by a truck in 1981. He was paralyzed from the waist down and has since become a motivational speaker for handicapped people and he is featured in the movie.
This movie can be described as a mystery with a very important message. The focus of the movie is on Richard Jewell and his quest to make it big as a movie actor. He wants to find the person who hit him but when the identity of the person is found out, Richard Jewell is not even pleased with the response.
The movie starts off in New York where Jewell works as a stockbroker. Although he's a bit of a doofus, he still has dreams about getting into the movies and in the beginning of the movie, he gets some good reviews.
But at the same time that Richard Jewell is trying to make it as a movie star, Rick Orenstein is trying to make a difference in his life and his handicap. His work is constantly overshadowed by other stockbrokers and to make things worse, he finds himself slipping further into poverty each day. When he finally hits the road, he discovers a real live person who drives a car and is happy to have a friend to talk to, thus, he forms a friendship with him.
Rounding up some of the best actors in the world, including Jean Simmons, Tom Selleck, Jackie Hoffman, Dr. Rene Joffre, Rick Springfield, Matthew Broderick, and an impressive cast of stunt men, Richard Jewell, and Rick Orenstein embark on a mission to break into Hollywood. They do make it and everyone is happy, but they are cursed.
They are never able to get any type of a break and although they enjoy their celebrity status, it is ruined when they are brought in front of the judges of Hollywood. Although it is after they return from the movie set that their identities are finally revealed, they are not happy to be there and as a result, they disappear again.
Their story is told throughout the movie in a simple and honest way that will appeal to most people. At the end of the movie, you will be happy that you saw this movie because it was excellent and will leave you wanting more of the film.