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An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths. Read critic reviews

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In 1969, seven people were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Cast & Crew

Alex Sharp
Rennie Davis
Jeremy Strong
Jerry Rubin
John Carroll Lynch
David Dellinger
Mark Rylance
William Kunstler
Ben Shenkman
Leonard Weinglass
Frank Langella
Julius Hoffman
Aaron Sorkin
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Jared Underwood
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Slava Vladimirov
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Marc Butan
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Dru Davis
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  • By the end, I had given myself over to the Hollywood veneer. Chicago 7 is a particularly shiny rendering of history, but Sorkin wisely places the focus on America's failings, even as he celebrates the people striving to fix them.

    December 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As with all things Sorkin, it takes liberties with the truth - this is not a film to watch in place of reading up on the history - but it's a damn good supplement for that history, and taken as a comment on our modern justice system.

    December 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 is both a courtroom drama for the ages and an urgent shot across the bows.

    November 20, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • If anyone was born to make a film about the infamous federal trial surrounding the protests outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, it's Aaron Sorkin.

    October 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Chicago 7 is a crowdpleaser first and foremost, and in that regard it succeeds on almost every level... Just don't expect it to be as revolutionary as some of those it calls its heroes.

    October 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The film is not meant to be a documentary, though, and naturally takes creative license, keeping the essence of the real life events...

    October 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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    Going into a film so steeped in historical events, facts, and undoubtedly some speculation it's difficult to not want to feel both completely educated and entertained on and by the subject come the conclusion of the film. With the second directorial effort from A Few Good Men and The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin being based on the violent clash between police and antiwar protestors at the 1968 Democratic National Convention it's even more difficult-given the similar cultural landscape we presently find ourselves in-to not want to first and foremost pay attention to the precision of Sorkin's pen so as to not be swayed one way or another by the dramatization of it all. That said, it's also difficult to not want to abandon the real-life aspects altogether and instead simply escape to enjoy the piece for its expertly crafted dialogue exchanges and period-accurate set decorations with hopes that what is depicted on screen respects the institution of integrity enough that we trust what the film is telling us and what it's trying to convince us of are both genuine and honest. That the film takes the position it does will be an easier pill to swallow for a viewer who stands firmly on one side than the other which raises questions about how those on the wrong side of history now can't see themselves in those on the wrong side of history then, but while this idea might be an aside of Sorkin's it would seem his primary objective is to illustrate the strong foundations of our institutions, but also the myriad of ways in which they can be taken advantage of and the vitality of intent if one cannot find a complete, impartial view of the bigger picture; in essence, Sorkin seeks to create something as close to primary material as possible and in large part-especially for the first hour-you want to believe he has. If The Trial of the Chicago 7 hopes to make you feel any certain way though, it's that type of "hurrah" mentality that no matter how evil the bad guys are the good and the just will eventually overcome it. Unfortunately, this take couldn't feel more in contrast with today's world despite the similarities in the challenges our protagonists are up against and the current assault our democracy is facing. Despite the stride towards a more triumphant rather than the more accurately sobering tone in the third act though, Sorkin has pieced together an airtight screenplay with an overwhelmingly impressive cast that executes the material in a substantial fashion giving the project the feel of something genuinely valuable. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
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