The Trial of the Chicago 7

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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.

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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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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 feels outright outlandish at times; more than unrealistic, it can feel as far afield from history as an episode of the Twilight Zone.

    October 23, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The writing was a bit grandiose and self-important, a tendency that the movie's writer-director, Aaron Sorkin, has turned into a style. But he structured the late 1960s story strategically, even if he decided not to worry about historical accuracy.

    October 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • By reshaping this charged moment culled from somewhat recent American history in his own image, Sorkin has made The Trial of the Chicago 7 about something else entirely: himself.

    October 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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