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Trial of the Chicago Seven, The

(2020) - 129 min - R

Anti-war activists came to Chicago in 1968 to protest the Vietnam war during the Democratic national convention. Seven of the activist leaders - Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale and others - were charged by President Nixon's justice department for conspiring to riot. The resulting trial in Chicago is at the center of this movie.

Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella
Documentary, Drama, History

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The film is essential for an understanding of "riots" of the summer of 1968 during the Democratic Convention in Chicago. As someone who was the same age as the young men dying in Vietnam, the courage and ardor of these defendants is demostrated clearly. Judge Hoffman, even at the time, was considered a little off balance and deemed "unqualified" by a majority of trial lawyers in Chicago. The final scene is very moving. The performances are very, very good. Please see this film. Winner of a Golden Globe for best screenplay to Aaron Sorkin.

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