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Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (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 »

Director:

Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

Writer:

Jeremy Kagan
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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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Certificate:

R
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Trivia

A few of the original Chicago 8 have passed away since its original airing, but all were alive and present for the production of this drama. Interviews are shown with the actual participants of the trial, and a photo session is shown, in which the actors portraying the participants are photographed with their real-life counterparts. See more »

Goofs

Several times the marshals doesn't obey the judge orders when asked to remove disrupting individuals during the trial. See more »

Quotes

William Kunstler: The significance of the trial is that is showed, I think, for the first time how ingenious defendants can use a courtroom to get their point across and not to be afraid of authority.
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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

I Ain't Marching Anymore
Written by Phil Ochs
Performed by Phil Ochs
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Összeesküvés: A chicagói nyolcak pere See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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