The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a 2020 American historical legal drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. It follows the Chicago Seven, a group of anti–Vietnam War protesters charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
It features an ensemble cast that includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Flaherty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Robbins, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, and Jeremy Strong. To know more about the film, read on.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Storyline
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 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 with the way, the Chicago 7 clash in their political philosophies even as they learn they need each other in this fight.
The movie was released on September 25, 2020, United States.
You can check out the official trailer of the film using this link.
Casts are about the people that were cast for roles in the film and they include;
The seven defendants;
- Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, a leader and one-time President of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
- Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, a founding member of the Youth International Party.
- Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis.
- Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin, a founding member of the Yippies.
- John Carroll Lynch as David Dellinger, leader of the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (MOBE).
- Noah Robbins as Lee Weiner.
- Daniel Flaherty as John Froines.
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale, national chairman of the Black Panther Party and eighth defendant
- Mark Rylance as William Kunstler.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz, an assistant federal prosecutor
- Ben Shenkman as Leonard Weinglass.
- J. C. MacKenzie as Tom Foran.
- Frank Langella as Judge Julius Hoffman
- Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Fred Hampton.
- Michael Keaton as Ramsey Clark.
- John Doman as John N. Mitchell.
- Wayne Duvall as Paul DeLuca.
- Caitlin FitzGerald as Daphne O’Connor, FBI agent assigned to Rubin, in order to infiltrate the protests.
- Max Adler and C. J. Wilson as Officer Stan Wojohowski and Sergeant Scott Scibelli.
- Damian Young as Howard Ackerman, special advisor to Mitchell.
- Alice Kremelberg as Bernardine, the receptionist in the defendants’ office.
- Alan Metoskie as Allen Ginsberg.
The crew includes the following and more that is not mentioned here;
- Aaron Sorkin.
- Stuart M. Besser.
- Matt Jackson.
- Marc Platt.
- Tyler Thompson.
- Aaron Sorkin.
- Daniel Pemberton.
- Phedon Papamichael.
- Alan Baumgarten.
- Paramount Pictures.
- DreamWorks Pictures.
Cross Creek Pictures
- Marc Platt Productions.
- ShivHans Pictures.
To download and watch the movie on your device, use this link.