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The Chicago 8 -- In 1968, America was divided over the Vietnam War.  President Johnson announced that he would not run for re-election, and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic Presidential hopeful, had been assassinated.  The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago
The Chicago 8 -- In 1968, America was divided over the Vietnam War.  President Johnson announced that he would not run for re-election, and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic Presidential hopeful, had been assassinated.  The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago

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Director:
Writer:
Pinchas Perry (written by)
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Release Date:
14 September 2012 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Highly problematic but tolerable See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gary Cole ... Bill Kunstler

Steven Culp ... Thomas Foran

Philip Baker Hall ... Judge Julius Hoffman

David Julian Hirsh ... Tom Hayden

Orlando Jones ... Bobby Seale

Peter Mackenzie ... David Dellinger

Danny Masterson ... Jerry Rubin

Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Abbie Hoffman

Aaron Abrams ... Lee Weiner

Mayim Bialik ... Nancy Kurshan

Jamie Elman ... John Froines

Meta Golding ... Leslie Seale

Bret Harrison ... Rennie Davis

Andy Hirsch ... Leonard Weinglass

Mykel Shannon Jenkins ... Black Panther

Scott Lowell ... Richard Schultz

Lochlyn Munro ... Stehlin

Steven Schub ... Phil Ochs

Jack Stehlin ... Marshall Jones

Wade Williams ... Allen Ginsberg

Jacquie Barnbrook ... Juror Woman

Shirly Brener ... Kristi King

Jake Broder ... Journalist
Michael Catlin ... Sentencing Spectator (as Michael W. Catlin)

Dan Cole ... Racist Spectator

John Colella ... Carl Gilman

Kate Connor ... Mary Ellen Dahl

Darren Criss ... Yippee Man

Cindy Dolenc ... Congratulatory Spectator

Daniel Gadi ... Courthouse Marshall (as Gadi Erel)

Bart Fletcher ... Officer Riggio

Alexandra Anthony ... Beth (as Alexandra Fulton)

Diane Marshall-Green ... Arlene (as Diane Gaeta)

Lauren Glazier ... Anita Hoffman
Miles Gregley ... Black Man
Chane't Johnson ... Pamela

Sofia Karstens ... Yippie Woman

Jim Klock ... Veteran Spectator
Mary Margaret Lewis ... Judge's Wife (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)
Gabriela Lopez ... Carol

Nikki Moore ... Diane (as Nicole Moore)

Frank Noel ... Red Neck Spectator

Shaun O'Hagan ... Accusatory Spectator

Tom Ohmer ... US Marshal
Katherine Owens ... Reporter

Terrell Ransom Jr. ... Malik Seale

Jeannine Stehlin ... Angry White Spectator

John Thoms ... FBI Agent

Dan Uliel ... Stuart Albert

Kirsten Vangsness ... Sketch Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anne Fransen Asland ... Rainbow

Circus-Szalewski ... US Atty General Ramsey Clark
Tricia Dodson ... Spectator-Conservative Female

Tracey Fairaway ... Tasha Dellinger

Jawara ... Federal marshal saying go, go, go, go!!!!!

Amber Jenkins ... Conservative Spectator / Hippie

Matisse Mazur ... Hari Krishna (rumored)

Myke Michaels ... Prisen barbor

Claire-Louise Sedgley ... Anne Froines
Rachel Van Boxtel

Michelle Wang ... Merry prankster - statue of liberty
Maurice Andrews ... US Marshal (uncredited)

DeeDee Bigelow ... Juror (uncredited)

Becky T. Bordo ... Female Marshal (uncredited)
Johnnie Boyd ... Federal Marshal (uncredited)
Wayne Brandenburg ... Photographer (uncredited)
Renonda Bray ... Black Panther (uncredited)

Savvy Brown ... Juror (uncredited)
Joshua Bruner ... Hippie (uncredited)
Crystal Leah Chacon ... Hippie (uncredited)
Andrew Conlon ... Penitentiary Guard (uncredited)
Jenifer Cononico ... Juror (uncredited)

Ninja N. Devoe ... Black Panther (uncredited)

Lauran Doverspike ... Juror (uncredited)
Mustafa A. Eck ... Hippie (uncredited)
Jessica Elder ... Flower Child (uncredited)

Joe Filippone ... Courtroom Hippie (uncredited)
Eric Frazier ... Black Panther (uncredited)
Heidi Gaines ... Hippie (uncredited)

Denise Glass ... Peace Hippie (uncredited)

Kenyon Glover ... Federal Marshal (uncredited)
Frederick Gourgue ... Black Panther (uncredited)
Matt Grace ... Black Panther (uncredited)
Clinton Gunnels ... Black Panther (uncredited)

Willow Hale ... Juror #7 (uncredited)
Adrian Harrell ... Black Panther (uncredited)

Aryiel Hartman ... Merry Prankster (uncredited)

Joey Herman ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Peggy Ivene ... Juror (uncredited)

Gayle Kate ... Conservative Spectator (uncredited)

Deborah Landis ... Court Reporter (uncredited)

Marc Livingood ... Spectator (uncredited)
Ro Lott ... Black Panther (uncredited)
Michelle Lovetro ... Juror (uncredited)

Jillisa Lynn ... Blue-eyed Hippie Woman (uncredited)
Hassan Medina ... Spectator (uncredited)
Ramzi Medina ... Spectator (uncredited)

Alex Morissen ... Hippie Girl (uncredited)
Les Mumphrey ... Black Panther (uncredited)

Sherry Perkov ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Peter Prins ... Hippie (uncredited)
Miranda Lee Richards ... Singer (uncredited)

John Robert ... Conservative Spectator (uncredited)

Bria Roberts ... Merry Prankster (uncredited)
Yuliana Rodriguez ... Spectator (uncredited)

Jabari Simba ... U.S. Marshal (uncredited)
David Stay ... Federal Marshal (uncredited)

Kim Stives ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Caleb Strul ... Hippie (uncredited)

Shannon Theule ... Hippie (uncredited)
Sheila Thompson ... Juror (uncredited)

Sebastian Vale ... Journalist (uncredited)
Brittani Zonker ... Singing Hippie (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pinchas Perry 
 
Writing credits
Pinchas Perry (written by)

Produced by
Al Bravo .... co-producer
Al Bravo .... line producer
Shirly Brener .... associate producer (as Shirly Brenner)
Kate Connor .... co-producer
Alain Jakubowicz .... associate producer
James Mathers .... co-producer
Eduardo Nieto .... associate producer
Pinchas Perry .... executive producer
Pinchas Perry .... producer
David Albert Pierce .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Bateman 
Shay Raviv 
 
Cinematography by
James Mathers 
 
Film Editing by
Colleen Halsey 
Richard Halsey 
 
Casting by
Scott David 
Erica L. Silverman  (as Erica Silverman)
 
Production Design by
Yuda Acco 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathleen McCarthy 
 
Costume Design by
Michelle Wang 
 
Makeup Department
Amy Fell .... assistant makeup artist
Myke Michaels .... makeup department head
Bill Myer .... makeup co-department head
Janette Nielsen .... key makeup artist
Hilla 'Lali' Peer .... key makeup artist
Jana Scoville .... assistant makeup artist
Richard Wetzel .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Mazza .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elena Chernock .... second second assistant director
Travis Huff .... first assistant director
Lorena Leon .... second assistant director
John Mazza .... second unit director
Maysen Michaels .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
David Delvalle .... leadman
Becky Martinez .... assistant property master
John Sadler .... property master
 
Sound Department
Nash Cubero Jr. .... foley editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Jason Gaya .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Sam Hamer .... sound mixer
Angela Hemingway .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Richard Kitting .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Krueger .... sound effects editor
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Shawn Morse .... boom operator
Jonathan Pendergrass .... foley editor
Chris Terhune .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Dennis Bentivengo .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Eran Barnea .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Dino Dos Santos .... stunt coordinator
Dino Dos Santos .... stunt performer
Jawara .... stunt performer
Myke Michaels .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brenden-John .... still photographer
Josh Coffman .... electrician
Erin Franklyn .... grip
Frank Anthony Garbutt .... additional grip
Cecilia Guerrero .... assistant camera
Brad Haskell .... gaffer
Greg Hess .... best boy electric
Conrad Hunziker III .... camera operator
Conrad Hunziker III .... director of photography: second unit
Scott Johnston .... first assistant camera
James Marsh .... first assistant camera
Bob Myers .... key grip
Kyle Peters .... data manager
Brian Sowell .... assistant camera
John T. Sweeney .... grip
Rick Tucker .... best boy grip
Alicia Varela .... electrician
Erick Vizcaino .... electrician
Tom Wood .... grip
Terry Zumalt .... grip
 
Casting Department
Wayne Brandenburg .... extras casting assistant
Theo Caesar .... extras casting director
Hassan Medina .... extras casting director
Ramzi Medina .... extras casting director
Yuliana Rodriguez .... extras casting assistant
Sheila Thompson .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Avery .... costumer
Rebecca Fenton Brezovec .... costume supervisor (as Rebecca Fenton)
Laura Mazza .... set costumer
Anne Rocchio .... costume supervisor
Angelina Scantlebury .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Justin Barham .... assistant editor
Michael Cioni .... digital intermediate supervisor
Katie Fellion .... digital intermediate producer
Alain Jakubowicz .... additional editor
Carsten Kurpanek .... assistant editor
Mark T. Osborne .... digital intermediate colorist
Oscar Velasquez .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Andrea Bari .... music consultant
Shay Raviv .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Robert Moen .... picture car coordinator
Miguel Rivera .... driver
 
Other crew
Maxine Brooks .... studio teacher
Lindsay Cohen .... script supervisor
Andrew Conlon .... production assistant
Felice Contreras-Still .... production accountant
John Cooney .... production assistant
Janelle Couture .... production assistant
Edwing Flores .... caterer
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Bryan Foster .... production assistant
Alfie Gonzalez .... production assistant
Beatriz Gómez .... production assistant
Richard Halpern .... head publicist
Briana C. Hill .... production counsel
Justin Madrid .... production assistant
George Markoski .... set medic
Maysen Michaels .... production assistant
Kevin Moon .... production assistant
Rhonda Morman .... production assistant
David Albert Pierce .... production & finance counsel
Virginia Rivera .... craft service
Jesse James Smith .... production assistant
Bing Tell .... assistant production coordinator
Erik A. Williams .... production assistant
Stanley Yung .... production coordinator
 

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Trivia:
Philip Baker Hall also played Judge Hoffman in a 1979 Chicago stage production titled "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial".See more »
Quotes:
Jerry Rubin:[trying to interrupt a huge confusion in the court] Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler.
[the fight in the courtroom stops]
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Highly problematic but tolerable, 15 April 2013
Author: Rodrigo Amaro (rodrigo882008@hotmail.com) from São Paulo, Brazil

Good call but I'm gonna wait for Spielberg's side of the story, planned for ages and with a stellar-cast to be released in who knows when. He's the one who has the mind, patience, the people and the money to make something truly unforgettable and award winning. Meanwhile we have this which is quite troubled. Too fast, too unbelievable despite the use of the actual trial transcripts, messy time and time again and poorly made. Not having the funds necessary doesn't mean simplistic takes on such a thought-provoking real life story.

It's not all wrong, it just seems to be in that way. From the awkward presentation to the editing mess and going with some average to bad performances, "The Chicago 8" diminishes the impact of the events that took place in between 1968 and 1970, going from the riots at the Democratic National Convention which led to Nixon's green light the prosecutions from the allegedly inciters (young activists opposed to the Vietnam war) in 1969, more problematic than the protests, delayed and agitated time and time again due to the conflictive nature of the eight men accused against a biased and authoritarian judge (played by a histrionic Philip Baker Hall).

The director's big and failed idea is to be and present more than it can eat, bite and chew. It shifts from being a clichéd panorama of the 1960's with its sex, drugs and rock n'roll ideas to the serious drama concerning one of the most infamous cases of the American judicial system, and several comedic moments, everything altogether. Like a scratched 78 rpm vinyl, this goes almost nowhere with its repetitive scheme: trial, mess in the court, the defendants get beaten up, judge gets out of order, the prosecution always gets favorable motions from the man, the defense doesn't get same treatment and the judgment doesn't go on. Slap. Again. Slap. Again. Minor variation of the events. Again. It goes in circles for too long without explaining some facts - like why Bobby Seale (Orlando Jones) was arrested and the other 7 kept free to plan their defense better. Those who don't know the story will be completely lost. Not to mention it's too one dimensional, doesn't expose the other side of the quarrel, the government reactions and reasons for keep this circus going on. It might be covered with the truth but it doesn't pass the image of being authentic, credible. I don't know which was more unbelievable or was the biggest travesty of all: the movie or the real trial.

Major reason to enjoy this: the acting coming from the young stars, specially Danny Masterson (playing Jerry Rubin), Thomas Ian Nicholas (best in scene playing Abby Hoffman), Jones plays a good Bobby Seale but not as good as Courtney B. Vance in "Panther" and a quite remarkable Gary Cole playing the Chicago 8 lawyer. The young actors were dedicated, relatable and truly inspiring sometimes, eclipsing heavyweights like Baker Hall and Steven Culp. It's a shame they don't have much of a elaborated text to work with which reduced their roles to cheesy lines, some dull moments and one or two great lines of dialog.

I liked this movie but felt that there's something missing. It's such a powerful and interesting case that doesn't get translated to the screen with the same verve. 6/10

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