MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,752 this week

The Chicago 8 (2011)

5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 170 users  
Reviews: 4 user

Based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 11 Nov 2011
 
a list of 233 titles
created 26 May 2012
 
a list of 256 titles
created 02 Nov 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 4859 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Chicago 8" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Chicago 8 (2011)

The Chicago 8 (2011) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Chicago 8.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kalamazoo? (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The story of three girlfriends who go back to Kalamazoo, Michigan for their 10 year high school reunion.

Director: David O'Malley
Stars: Josie Davis, Mayim Bialik, Joanna Clare Scott
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Centers on the rise and fall of four blue-collar men who team with a destitute prostitute to create a high-priced escort service.

Director: Blair Underwood
Stars: Ving Rhames, Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Jeremy Kagan
Stars: Peter Boyle, Elliott Gould, Brian Benben
Meridian (2012)
Short | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Follow Jeff, a smart but directionless techie, some would say an "unchallenged" geek, as he falls down a mystic rabbit hole-leaving behind his dead-end job in tech support. He is thrust ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Penna
Stars: Orlando Jones, Rick Overton, Mary Alyce Kania
Capers (2008)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Three teams of criminals share the same Brooklyn block, but each exists in a separate genre of film. The Amateurs are trapped in a 1970's anti-hero movie. The Sputniks live in black and white. The Moolies can't escape their rap video life.

Director: Julian M. Kheel
Stars: Danny Masterson, Leon, Aysan Celik
Alter Egos (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

At a time when superheroes have lost government funding and public support, a superhero meets a girl who can help him overcome his own emotional crisis.

Director: Jordan Galland
Stars: Kris Lemche, Brooke Nevin, Joey Kern
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A behind the scenes look into the world of star LOLCat, Leopold Bonar.

Director: Victor Solomon
Stars: Todd Aaron Brotze, Darren Criss, Francis J. McGuire
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Thomas Whelan
Stars: Danny Masterson, Ben Gleib, Kyle Rankin
Short | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Stars: Darren Criss, Ryan Merchant, Sebu Simonian
Little White Lie (TV Series 2009)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Sami and Duder Reese are in a band. They are brother and sister. And they suck. They steal all their music and try to become famous.

Stars: Elona Finlay, Chris Allen, Lauren Lopez
Beat Generation (TV Movie 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Xavier Villetard
Stars: Anasthasie Tudieshe, Simon Backès, Damien Boisseau
Six '55 (2011)
Short | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A historical interpretation of the first night Allen Ginsberg recited his famous "Howl" in the Six Gallery, San Francisco, 1955.

Director: Ruth Du
Stars: Kohl Beck, Steve Carrieri, Jeffrey Farber
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Black Panther
Edit

Storyline

Based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 September 2012 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Philip Baker Hall also played Judge Hoffman in a 1979 Chicago stage production titled "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial". See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Abbie Hoffman: Yippie!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.140 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bad film making
23 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how true this movie is to the events of the trial. I do know that this is badly made by Pinchas Perry. The trial may be significant and the events important. But that just means that this subject should be done by someone much better skilled. Although the story is compelling enough to watch. By no means did I finish the film for its artistry.

In a rare instant, Philip Baker Hall overacts as an angry frustrated judge. Even if they're operating from the actual transcripts, I doubt that the judge would be raving like a rabid dog. And even if he was a rabid dog, it plays like overacting on the screen. It's a rare moment when I dislike PBH's acting. This movie is that rare moment.

The whole thing is a diatribe against the government prosecution. But it rarely gives any credence to the other side. If anything, the jury is treated like idiots who just want to go home. If they ease up, they could actually create compelling characters.

The trial has all the best scenes. Most everything else is weak. It should enlighten the audience to the times, but it does little more than stereotypes and stock news footage. The film should restrict itself to the trial until they could figure out how to make a movie.

And the split screen style is a big fail. It puts a big sign pointing to how the director has no idea how to cut a movie to maximize tension. It's a gimmick that doesn't fit and makes no sense here.

The last third lost it energizer bunny, Bobby Seale. The energy is noticeably diminished, and the movie desperately wants to have a scene with Bobby Seale in that section. Instead of a compelling climax, it fizzles in a haze of political preaching.

I'm barely recommending this only for people to learn something and hopefully do their own research on that era.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Darren Criss devil-angel-818
Any Chance a Cameo by.... pumsted
Am I Miscounting Cyndy
Released on a Sunday? maryosheskie
Chicago Premiere Frankster200277
Discuss The Chicago 8 (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?