In Chicago 1968, the Democratic Party Convention was met with protests from activists like the moderate Students for a Democratic Society led by Tom Hayden and the militant Yippies led by Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, which led to violent confrontations with the local authorities. As a result, seven of the accused ringleaders are arraigned on charges like Conspiracy by the hostile Nixon administration, including Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers who was not involved in the incident. What follows is an unfair trial presided by the belligerent Judge Hoffman (No relation) and prosecuted by a reluctant but duty-bound Richard Schultz. As their pro bono lawyers face such odds, Hayden and his fellows are frustrated by the Yippies' outrageous antics undermining their defense in defiance of the system even while Seale is denied a chance to defend himself his way. Along the way, the Chicago 7 clash in their political philosophies even as they learn they need each other in this fight.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the second courtroom drama written by Aaron Sorkin to include a judge named Julius. The judge in Sorkin's A Few Good Men, Julius Randolph, was fictional; Julius Hoffman really was the name of the judge in the trial of the Chicago Seven. See more »
One of the characters says the reason that he was not drafted was that he had a high lottery number. That is impossible as the lottery started after the trial began.
Also, the draft lottery which was shown in the picture had nothing to protests in Chicago because the lottery was a year later. See more »
Their is a nice and upbeat pace throughout this film. As the viewer, I feel like I'm trying to keep up with energy of these characters, passionate about their cause to fight perceived injustice of their time - the 1960's. The film involves government corruption, attempts to silence protesters, an engrained racism... Some similarities in the scenes of the movie to what we see today on the news. The characters who make up the Chicago 7, the lawyers and judges, the politicians are all very different from each other and this makes things interesting and volatile. The actors are selected well. Though I love Sacha Baron Cohen, I'm not sure he got the New York accent exactly right here. The writing is great. The editing is great. Very solid film that I think most people would enjoy.
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