"The Trial of the Chicago 7" is a 2020 American historical legal drama film directed by Aaron Sorkin.
The starring cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Carroll Lynch, Alex Sharp, Noah Robbins, Frank Langella, Michael Keaton, Jeremy Strong and others.
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Netflix on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 released the trailer for "The Trial of the Chicago 7" you can watch here:
The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Official Trailer | Netflix Film.
Here is a short review of "The Trial of the Chicago 7" movie plot summary.
In August 1968, Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), Rennie Davis (Alex Sharp), David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch), Lee Weiner (Noah Robbins), John Froines (Danny Flaherty), and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) make preparations to protest at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Five months later, all eight of them are arrested and charged with trying to incite a riot. John N. Mitchell (John Doman), the Attorney General, appoints Tom Foran (J. C. MacKenzie) and Richard Schultz (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as the prosecutors, while all the defendants except Seale are represented by William Kunstler (Mark Rylance) and Leonard Weinglass (Ben Shenkman).
Judge Julius Hoffman (Frank Langella) shows significant prejudice for the prosecution. Seale's attorney, Charles Garry, cannot attend due to illness, leading Judge Hoffman to insist that Kunstler represents all eight defendants. This insistence is rejected repeatedly by both Kunstler and Seale. Seale receives support from Fred Hampton (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) which Judge Hoffman assumes is legal help. Abbie Hoffman openly antagonizes the court. Judge Hoffman begins removing jurors who are suspected of sympathizing with the defendants due to reported threats from the Black Panther Party and charges the defendants and their attorneys with multiple counts of contempt of court.
Numerous undercover local police officers and FBI agents testify. At the time of the convention, Hayden noticed two police officers tailing Davis and attempted to let the air out of their tire, but was caught and later arrested. Abbie and others led a protest to the police station where Hayden was being kept, but turned around upon seeing the police blockade outside. When trying to return to the park, police had taken control of the hill with orders to disperse the crowd. A riot ensued, and the protestors clashed with police in an attempt to claim the hill. Kunstler makes a point that none of the defendants instigated the riot.
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"The Trial of the Chicago 7" movie release date was scheduled to be on September 25, 2020 (United States) distributing by Netflix, ADS Service, Diamond Films, Entertainment Film Distributors, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Hakuhodo, Madman Entertainment, Madman Films, Metropolitan Filmexport, Movie Cloud, Nordisk Film Distribution, Norsk Filmdistribusjon, Odeon, PVR Pictures, Panorama Entertainment, The Searchers, United King Films and Rocket Science.
The duration of the film is 130 minutes. With a budget of $35 million, the film grossed over $107,423.
"The Trial of the Chicago 7" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.
Principal photography began the next month in October between Chicago and New Jersey.
"The Trial of the Chicago 7" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.8/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 89/100.
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