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Deftly combining contemporary commentary with archival materials and animated reenactments, "Chicago 10" examines the demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention and their eruption into rioting in the wake of police provocation. From the aftermath of five days of conflict emerges the trial of the controversial Chicago Eight, activists who include pacifist David Dellinger (Dylan Baker) and Youth International Party founders Abbie Hoffman (Hank Azaria) and Jerry Rubin (Mark Ruffalo).

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Hank Azaria
Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg
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Dylan Baker
David Dellinger, David Stahl
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Nick Nolte
Thomas Foran
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Mark Ruffalo
Jerry Rubin
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Roy Scheider
Judge Julius Hoffman
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Liev Schreiber
William Kuntsler
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Jeffrey Wright
Bobby Seale
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William Pohlad
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Laura Bickford
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Jeff Skoll
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Diane Weyermann
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Peter Schlessel
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Ricky Strauss
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  • Dec 31, 2008
    I turned this documentary off. How could you fuck this up? Seriously. I tell you how. You mix terrible animation with Rage Against the Machine playing the first five minutes during the set-up of this damned thing. Yeah, the film's about something from the '60s and RATM is playing. NICE CHOICE ASSHOLES! And I couldn't hear a damn thing cuz Tom Morello is SOLOING HIS BALLS OFF and the animation makes me want to cry. UGH!!
    matt s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2008
    This is a documentary about the protest at the 1968 Democratic convention and the trial that followed. This is an important story worth telling, and the actual documentary footage works pretty well, but the film shoots itself in the foot with its animated recreations. The first problem is that the animation in these reenactments looks horrible; it?s a form of rotoscope animation drawn over live actors, but it isn?t done anywhere near as well as it was in Richard Linklater?s films, it looks like something that would have been used in a computer game from 1995. Secondly the voice acting is ridiculous on a regular basis, particularly with the judge whose voice sounded like a mix between Mr. Magoo and Froghorn Leghorn, the facts of this trial are more then enough to feel like a miscarriage of justice, the added effect is cheesy and unneeded. The film uses modern protest songs by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Eminem, this initially felt out of place, then again the last thing the world needed was yet another montage of 60s civil disobedience to the tune of Buffalo Springfield. I think what the film really needed was some contemporary interviews looking back, six of the ten are still alive and I would have loved to hear their take today.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2008
    Chicago 10 delves into the chaotic world of the 1960's where the 1968 Democratic National Convention was the setting for one of the darkest times in history as Chicago becomes more like a police state in trying to control anti-war protesters, and what follows is a trial for eight high profile leaders of the anti-war movement which was as ludicrous as the Vietnam War itself. Chicago 10 mixes animation and archived footage to tell an effective story about what the people can do if pushed to get their voices heard. The film features a great cast including Jeffrey Wright, Hank Azaria, Mark Ruffalo, and the late Roy Scheider, who portray the major players of the Chicago Conspiracy Trail in 1969. Some 40 years later the events that unfolded in Chicago in 1968 are still just as socially relevant as they were back then, and Chicago 10 is a very engaging film that you shouldn't miss.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2008
    Engaging, partially animated documentary about the riots at the 1968 Democratic convention and the ensuing trial of 10 anti-war protesters, that became a circus of injustice. Audacious in form, although not as probing as one might hope.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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