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Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987)

A dramatized historical recreation of the Chicago Conspiracy trial with present testimonies by many of the participants.


Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)


Jeremy Kagan
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Credited cast:
James Avery ... Marshal
Val Avery
Brian Benben ... Tom Hayden
Tom Bower ... Undercover policeman
Peter Boyle ... David Dellinger
Robert Carradine ... Rennie Davis
David Clennon ... Richard Schultz
Rennie Davis ... Self
David Dellinger David Dellinger ... Self
Robert Fieldsteel ... Lee Weiner
John Froines John Froines ... Self
Elliott Gould ... Leonard Weinglass
Tom Hayden ... Self
Abbie Hoffman ... Self
David Kagen David Kagen ... John Froines


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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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 »


The famous quote by Abbie Hoffman "You are a disgrace in front of the gentile - of which he said in Hebrew - does not appear in the movie. See more »


David Dellinger: The new generation of Americans will not support tyranny, that's a travesty of justice.
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Crazy Credits

The movie opens with the text: "Everything you are about to see and hear actually happened..." See more »


For What it's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
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The Chicago 8 not 7
17 August 2011 | by alicedewonderSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that should be shown regularly; perhaps once every 2 weeks, for although these injustices occurred in 1968 in The Chicago 8 Trial, these same injustices take place every hour of the day here in the land of the supposed free. Obviously the cast was committed to the re-enactment of the truth about the U.S.judicial system, a system that locks freedom away and gags it into silence. With the real players from the actual trial close at hand for direction, the authenticity is underscored. Should the reader of this text be seeking a gift to give to our future - the children - give them this and teach them well. Teachers, buck the system and show this film in your classes with pride, for you are the educator, not the servant. Peace Free Leonard Pelitier (:

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16 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Összeesküvés: A chicagói nyolcak pere See more »

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