In Chicago 1968, the Democratic Party Convention was met with protests from activists like the moderate Students for a Democratic Society led by Tom Hayden and the militant Yippies led by Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, which led to violent confrontations with the local authorities. As a result, seven of the accused ringleaders are arraigned on charges like Conspiracy by the hostile Nixon administration, including Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers who was not involved in the incident. What follows is an unfair trial presided by the belligerent Judge Hoffman (No relation) and prosecuted by a reluctant but duty-bound Richard Schultz. As their pro bono lawyers face such odds, Hayden and his fellows are frustrated by the Yippies' outrageous antics undermining their defense in defiance of the system even while Seale is denied a chance to defend himself his way. Along the way, the Chicago 7 clash in their political philosophies even as they learn they need each other in this fight.Written by
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a 7/10 but with great dialogue and excellent performances.
Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" takes to a story from the 1960's and brings us a sure bet for Best Ensemble during Award Season.
Tom Hayden played by Academy Award Winner Eddie Redmayne brings a droll but nuanced performance to this well scripted movie. Based on the real life story, the script brings the feeling of the era to this move. However, the final product feels less like a 60's film of the era and more like a polished dialogue heavy play. This is not to say the film doesn't have its brilliant components. Because it does. The directing is strong and the performances are captivating. This is a surefire bet for a Best Screenplay nomination at the Oscars. Overall, it feels very relevant today and it hits its a nerve throughout. Sorkin delivers again and Frank Langella shines as Julius Hoffman, the judge grow to hate from the first time we meet him. His performance brings a strong response from the audience to fully engage into this story. I can't wait to see this as a play.
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