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Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 16 May 1987
A made-for-cable-TV docudrama about the trial of the men accused of conspiring to cause protesters to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Combines in an innovative ... See full summary »

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Tom Hayden
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David Dellinger
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Rennie Davis
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Richard Schultz
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Lee Weiner
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Leonard Weinglass
David Kagen ...
John Froines
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Abbie Hoffman
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William M. Kunstler
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Bobby Seale
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Jerry Rubin
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Judge Julius Hoffman
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Allen Ginsberg
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James Marion Hunt
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Thomas Foran
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A made-for-cable-TV docudrama about the trial of the men accused of conspiring to cause protesters to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Combines in an innovative manner dramatic recreations (largely faithful to the actual trial transcripts) with documentary footage and interviews with the actual defendants. Written by Mike Sauter <msauter@injersey.com>

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16 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Összeesküvés: A chicagói nyolcak pere  »

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The screenplay was derived entirely from the transcript of the real "Chicago 8" trial. A message appears before the opening credits that reads "Everything you are about to see and hear actually happened." See more »

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As Interesting As They Come Dealing With 60's Politics
1 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an innovative, historical, and very well acted account of the US Government's attempt to put a generation of anti-war protestors on trial. From a political standpoint this film succeeds in outlining the key issues protestors had against the Vietnam War. From a legal standpoint this film succeeds in defining what may have been the most unorthodox and legally flawed trial ever to take place in America. On the artistic side, this film combines fantastic actors who embody the spirit of the true life defendants as well as offering intertwined detailed accounts from the participants themselves.

In respect to the reviewer who stated this wasn't what he remembered, I can only say that media accounts usually do not cover events accurately and that this whole docudrama is taken from the actual court transcripts. As someone who has taught and studied this trial and accounts, I assure you will not find better.

For an understanding of what divided and still splinters our country, this truly is required viewing.


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