The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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The Trial of the Chicago 7
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TitleThe Trial of the Chicago 7
Year2020
CountryIreland, United Kingdom, USA
GenreDrama (Movies)
CollectionLawyer
Run Time2h 10 min
Director

In August 1968, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, David Dellinger, Lee Weiner, John Froines, and Bobby Seale make preparations to protest at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Five months later, they are arrested and charged with trying to incite a riot. John N. Mitchell, the Attorney General, appoints Tom Foran and Richard Schultz as the prosecutors, while all the defendants except Seale are represented by William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass.

Judge Julius Hoffman shows significant prejudice for the prosecution, especially insisting that he and Abbie Hoffman are not related. Seale’s attorney, Charles Garry, cannot attend due to illness, leading Judge Hoffman to insist that Kunstler represent him. This insistence is rejected by both Kunstler and Seale. Seale receives support from Fred Hampton which Judge Hoffman assumes is legal help. Abbie Hoffman openly antagonizes the court. Judge Hoffman removes a juror who he suspects sympathizes with the defendants due to reported threats from the Black Panther Party and charges the defendants and their attorneys with multiple counts of contempt of court. Tension builds between the defendants. Numerous undercover police officers and FBI agents testify. At the time of the convention, Hayden noticed two police officers tailing Davis and attempted to let the air out of their tire, but was caught and later arrested. Abbie and others led a protest to the police station where Hayden was detained but turned around upon seeing the police blockade outside. When trying to return to the park, police had taken control of the hill with orders to disperse the crowd leading to a riot between police and protesters.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7
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Cast:

Eddie Redmayne Eddie Redmayne
Tom Hayden
Sacha Baron Cohen Sacha Baron Cohen
Abbie Hoffman
Mark Rylance Mark Rylance
William Kunstler
Alex Sharp Alex Sharp
Rennie Davis
Jeremy Strong Jeremy Strong
Jerry Rubin
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Richard Schultz
John Carroll Lynch John Carroll Lynch
David Dellinger
Noah Robbins Noah Robbins
Lee Weiner
Dan Flaherty Dan Flaherty
John Froines
Ben Shenkman Ben Shenkman
Leonard Weinglass
Michael Keaton Michael Keaton
Ramsey Clark
Frank Langella Frank Langella
Judge Julius Hoffman
J.C. MacKenzie J.C. MacKenzie
Thomas Foran
John Doman John Doman
John Mitchell
Caitlin Fitzgerald Caitlin Fitzgerald
Agent Daphne O'Connor

In August 1968, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, David Dellinger, Lee Weiner, John Froines, and Bobby Seale make preparations to protest at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Five months later, they are arrested and charged with trying to incite a riot. John N. Mitchell, the Attorney General, appoints Tom Foran and Richard Schultz as the prosecutors, while all the defendants except Seale are represented by William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass.

Judge Julius Hoffman shows significant prejudice for the prosecution, especially insisting that he and Abbie Hoffman are not related. Seale’s attorney, Charles Garry, cannot attend due to illness, leading Judge Hoffman to insist that Kunstler represent him. This insistence is rejected by both Kunstler and Seale. Seale receives support from Fred Hampton which Judge Hoffman assumes is legal help. Abbie Hoffman openly antagonizes the court. Judge Hoffman removes a juror who he suspects sympathizes with the defendants due to reported threats from the Black Panther Party and charges the defendants and their attorneys with multiple counts of contempt of court. Tension builds between the defendants. Numerous undercover police officers and FBI agents testify. At the time of the convention, Hayden noticed two police officers tailing Davis and attempted to let the air out of their tire, but was caught and later arrested. Abbie and others led a protest to the police station where Hayden was detained but turned around upon seeing the police blockade outside. When trying to return to the park, police had taken control of the hill with orders to disperse the crowd leading to a riot between police and protesters.

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