The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Full Movie

The Trial of the Chicago 7
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) : What was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with the police. What followed was one of the most notorious trials in history.

Title The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Release Date Sep 25, 2020
Genres ,
Production Company Paramount, Cross Creek Pictures, ShivHans Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Amblin Partners, Double Infinity Productions, MadRiver Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, Reliance Entertainment, Rocket Science
Production Countries India, United Kingdom, United States of America
Casts Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, Noah Robbins
Plot Keywords chicago, illinois, political activism, black panther party, right and justice, based on a true story, history, black activist, counter-culture, historical fiction, activist, 1960s, courtroom drama
Bobby Seale
Bobby Seale
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Abbie Hoffman
Abbie Hoffman
Sacha Baron Cohen
Richard Schultz
Richard Schultz
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Ramsey Clark
Ramsey Clark
Michael Keaton
Judge Julius Hoffman
Judge Julius Hoffman
Frank Langella
David Dellinger
David Dellinger
John Carroll Lynch
Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden
Eddie Redmayne
William Kunstler
William Kunstler
Mark Rylance
Rennie Davis
Rennie Davis
Alex Sharp
Jerry Rubin
Jerry Rubin
Jeremy Strong
Lee Weiner
Lee Weiner
Noah Robbins
John Froines
John Froines
Danny Flaherty
Leonard Weinglass
Leonard Weinglass
Ben Shenkman
Fred Hampton
Fred Hampton
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Agent Daphne O'Connor
Agent Daphne O'Connor
Caitlin Fitzgerald
Bernadine
Bernadine
Alice Kremelberg
Thomas Foran
Thomas Foran
J. C. MacKenzie
John Mitchell
John Mitchell
John Doman
Detective Deluca
Detective Deluca
Wayne Duvall
Howard Ackerman
Howard Ackerman
Damian Young
Sergeant Scott Scibelli
Sergeant Scott Scibelli
C.J. Wilson
David Dellinger's Son
David Dellinger's Son
Brady Jenness
Mrs. Dellinger
Mrs. Dellinger
Meghan Rafferty
Juror 6
Juror 6
Juliette Angelo
Bailiff
Bailiff
Brendan Burke
Mrs. Winter
Mrs. Winter
Tah von Allmen
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg
Alan Metoskie
Policeman That Arrests Jerry
Policeman That Arrests Jerry
John Gawlik
Bar Patron 1
Bar Patron 1
Kevin O'Donnell
Bar Patron 2
Bar Patron 2
Gavin Haag
Sondra
Sondra
Tiffany Denise Hobbs
David Stahl
David Stahl
Steve Routman
Demonstrator
Demonstrator
Madison Nichols
Detective Bell
Detective Bell
John F. Carpenter
Detective Frapoly
Detective Frapoly
Larry Mitchell
Detective Sam McGiven
Detective Sam McGiven
Mike Geraghty
Eddie
Eddie
Mike Brunlieb
Egg Throwing Crowd Member
Egg Throwing Crowd Member
James Pravasilis
Frat Boy 1
Frat Boy 1
Vic Kuligoski
Frat Boy 2
Frat Boy 2
Brandon Fierro
Frat Boy 3
Frat Boy 3
Calvin Ticknor-Swanson
Girl in Beret
Girl in Beret
Gabrielle Perrea
Housekeeper Jane
Housekeeper Jane
Michelle Hurst
Man
Man
Tony Lawry
Mitchell's Secretary
Mitchell's Secretary
Kathleen Garrett
Officer 1
Officer 1
Matt LeFevour
Officer 2
Officer 2
Christian Litke
Officer Wojohowski
Officer Wojohowski
Max Adler
Officer Quinn
Officer Quinn
Michael Bassett
Policeman in Haymarket
Policeman in Haymarket
Shawn Parsons
Policeman on Bullhorn
Policeman on Bullhorn
Julian Hester
Reporter Jack
Reporter Jack
John Quilty
Reporter Majorie
Reporter Majorie
Kate Miller
Reporter Sy
Reporter Sy
Edward Fletcher
Woman in Tavern
Woman in Tavern
Blair Lewin
Bartender
Bartender
Jessica Wood
Marshal
Marshal
Steven Komito
Someone in the Crowd
Someone in the Crowd
Marco Lama
Reporter 7
Reporter 7
Ben Kass
Reporter 8
Reporter 8
Gabriel Franken
Reporter 9
Reporter 9
Ed Flynn
Young Man
Young Man
Alex Henderson
Bailiff 2
Bailiff 2
David Fierro
Band Lead Singer
Band Lead Singer
Sam Nelson Harris
Band Member
Band Member
Marlee Mendelson
Band Member
Band Member
Hana Chew
Band Member
Band Member
Ashley Trumbo
Band Member
Band Member
Allison Trumbo
Band Member
Band Member
Shane Skidmore
Band Member
Band Member
Jeffrey Yonkus
Band Member
Band Member
Maria Jacobson
Band Member
Band Member
Brendan Brown
Band Member
Band Member
Dan MacDonald
Female Protester
Female Protester
Keeley Morris
Radio Cop
Radio Cop
Thomas John Gallagher
Carl Oglesby
Carl Oglesby
Michael A. Dean
Juror 11
Juror 11
Elizabeth Holder

Reviews

  • msbreviews

    If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog @ https://www.msbreviews.com Aaron Sorkin has been around for quite some time. A Few Good Men, Moneyball, Steve Jobs, and arguably one of the best movies of the last decade, The Social Network, all have one thing in common: Sorkin as a screenwriter, but not as the director. Molly's Game was Sorkin's directorial debut, which makes The Trial of the Chicago 7 only his second time in the director's chair. I've either loved or liked every film from him, so obviously, my expectations were already high enough solely due to his presence. However, with the announcement of such a stellar cast, it's impossible not to expect one of the best movies of the year to come out of this project... Expectations fulfilled. This is, in fact, one of 2020's very best films, without the shadow of a doubt. Based on real events, the movie quickly jumps to the main point of action: the trial. Only twenty minutes in, the viewer is already inside the famous courtroom where the expected and the unexpected occur simultaneously. Sorkin's employs a narrative structure that keeps me captivated until the final credits start to roll. The actions that led to this court case are demonstrated throughout the same instead of being shown through a linear timeline, which would reduce the trial's value. It's the main reason why such a simple premise turns into a phenomenal adaptation of the historical event. I couldn't take my eyes off-screen for a single second or lose one of the many incredible dialogues. Every conversation, every argument, every objection, overrule, or "motion denied" is transmitted to the viewer in an exceptionally captivating manner. It's one of those movies where the "action" belongs to words instead of fists. I felt tremendously invested in the trial. It never loses a gram of interest, it's full-on exciting all the time. I desperately wanted to find out the result of the case (I didn't possess knowledge of the real story, but I'll address this further down). I really wanted to witness the events that put the defendants in their respective positions. I strongly desired to see the end of the situation. As soon as the film ends, I felt the urge to immediately research everything about the true story. I spent close to forty-five minutes reading many articles about the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the riots, the presidential nominees... everything. This is one of the most important criteria I have to define how successful a historical flick truly is: how much does it compel me to research everything about it. The Trial of the Chicago 7 convinces me to study the real events with significant impact. From what I've read, Sorkin changes a few details timeline-wise (something pretty common in this type of movie), but overall, it's a pretty accurate, realistic adaptation. Technically, every component is remarkable, as expected from a Netflix-Sorkin partnership. However, the score plays a special part since its volume in crescendo elevates several escalating situations, leaving me at the edge of my couch, biting my nails. It's a fantastic achievement from Daniel Pemberton, who also scored Birds of Prey and Enola Holmes this year. Additionally, this might not be a one-location film, but Sorkin keeps the camera so focused on the courtroom that it feels like the audience is stuck in there with the defendants. Besides Sorkin's screenplay, the cast obviously plays a massive role. Just like I mentioned above, this is a movie where the "action" is played out through words. Inside the courtroom, there are constant arguments, countless contempts of court, a voir dire (it doesn't hurt to google courtroom terminology before the film), and so much more that leads the judge to make questionable decisions based on shocking evidence. Every actor is absolutely outstanding, I was able to feel everything during that trial, but I do have four standouts. Sacha Baron Cohen (Abbie Hoffman) shares the laugh spotlight with Jeremy Strong (Jerry Rubin), but he ends up being the ultimate comic relief. His delivery and timing are pure gold. I can't deny that I was surprised by his performance since I've only seen him in Borat. He's extremely funny, but don't be mistaken by my words: Abbie proves to be one of the most essential defendants in the trial, offering a memorable testimony and demonstrating his real purpose. Eddie Redmayne brings his Oscar-winner face to the game by interpreting Tom Hayden. A vital character that lets the viewer know that while they might not all be completely guilty, they're not all exactly innocent as well. Hayden's final speech is one of Redmayne's best scenes of his career. Mark Rylance plays the role of the public, portraying the defendants' lawyer, William Kunstler. He shares the viewer's frustration with the judge's decisions but never gives up, trying to bring justice to the case. If I had to bet on an actor to get awards buzz by the end of the year, it would be Rylance due to his powerful display. My last standout is Frank Langella as the judge Julius Hoffman. I believe a lot of people will give credit to every actor for portraying characters they love, but most will forget the actor that interprets the character everyone hates. Langella deserves all of the praise in the world for making me despise completely such an unfair, racist, unqualified judge. His performance is simply extraordinary. These are my four standouts, but the entire cast is phenomenal. I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't get to see more from Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Bobby Seale), but after researching Bobby's involvement in this story, I understand his lack of relevance to the main narrative. He plays more of a modern parallel to the 60s in the sense that the judge heavily discriminates against him during the trial, transmitting a message that humanity's behavior may have evolved regarding racism, but there's still a long way to go. A final shoutout to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is also excellent as Richard Schultz. I only have one issue. In terms of entertainment, the viewer entering the main stage after only twenty minutes is a bold yet efficient move. However, the introduction to the characters and the story itself goes by so fast that I could only understand who's who and their purpose during the trial. Sorkin assumes people know everything about who these characters are, what they did, and where the narrative is driving towards, skipping through dozens of details that (mostly) non-American audiences will struggle to understand in time. Sorkin could have given these characters more depth initially, offering the viewer time to get familiar with their names and organizations. All in all, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is undoubtedly one of the best movies of the year, probably the best at the date of this review. Aaron Sorkin's narrative structure and the brilliant cast are the two main reasons why this film succeeds so well. Sorkin's screenplay is organized in a way that keeps the viewer astonishingly captivated throughout the entire runtime by following a nonlinear structure. Maintaining the focus on a single location is an exceptional decision for a movie where words are the action of the story. Inside the courtroom is where every fascinating argument ensues, never losing steam until the very end. It's also a lot funnier than I expected. Regarding the cast, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne, and Frank Langella are my standouts, but every actor delivers outstanding performances. Daniel Pemberton's score shines in an overall very well-produced film. The first twenty minutes fly by in favor of entertainment by quickly placing the viewer inside the courtroom, but it's so rushed that it makes it difficult for the audience to remember everyone's names and purposes. Assuming everyone knows the true story and the people involved is a risky move, especially for non-Americans. Nevertheless, this minor issue doesn't affect an otherwise flawless movie. Obviously, I strongly recommend it! Maybe reading a bit about the real events beforehand will help the eventual viewing, but don't read too much due to the usual spoilers. Rating: A

  • sykobanana

    Sacha Baron Cohen has now delivered my 2 favourite & memorable characters of the year in the same fortnight. This movie is a strange incongruence. It inspired/engaged/enraged me at the same time as it made me feel flat. It could have been longer (the time flew by) and drawn out the characters more, but I felt that it had said what it needed to say. And the melodrama felt just above where it needed to be. Having said that, the editing is top notch and the performances are at least "on par", if not outstanding (Baron Cohen, Abdul-Mateen II, Rylance and Langela). And regarding the Direction - its not perfect, it likely would have been better done in the hands of a master. But if this was my second film, I would be f$%^ing stoked. Watch this movie.

  • Arshia Borjali

    It is important for a film to say what it wants to say correctly and to somehow overcome its claim. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is one of these films. A coherent narrative with a perfectly acceptable script and no extra glamor. Adapting in cinema has always been a difficult task, whether from another literary work or a real event. The film also manages to make this historical adaptation and not only shows the details well, which gives it a new spirit with the art of cinema, so that it has the necessary impact on the audience. An important point is that the film is successful in creating a feeling and does not seek to hide its weaknesses by crowding the film by using unnecessary Techniques or tricks. Throughout the film, we see a variety of emotional atmospheres that are sometimes very lively and sometimes very calm and quiet. The director, however, has been able to create emotion both in crowded spaces and in the silences, that sometimes take the audience to a deeper layer of the movie. The actors in the film are all acceptable, However, some of them do not become characters in the script, and in the meantime, “Langella” acting as the judge and “Sacha Baron Cohen” as Abbie was better than others. “Sorkin” has once again shown that he has an acceptable ability in screenwriting, and this time he has performed well in directing too. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is a compact movie that works to the best of its ability And it tries to get closer to the form, though it cannot be said that it has done it completely, but in some places it gets close to the form. It should be noted that the film is very successful in its purpose and the use of old images and videos helps to convey this purpose to the viewer. What this film has done, that is, create a sense of criticism and sometimes hatred for a corrupt system, is something that not every film can easily do. In general, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is a good movie that will be alive for a long time and anyone of any age and period can communicate with it.

  • r96sk

    Very well made, up until that ending anyway. It's not a bad conclusion, but man is it cringe-inducing. It seems they were going for an end to match 'A Few Good Men', which was also written by Aaron Sorkin of course. From the overly uplifting score, to the slow clap, to the freeze-frame. Per Esquire, the scene is not even how it went down IRL either. I'm all for 'Hollywood endings', just less of the cheese please. The rest of 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' is, though, very good. Sacha Baron Cohen (Abbie) is the greatest performer, the role is mostly comedic - which he nails - but even in the more serious moments he is terrific. Jeremy Strong (Jerry) is notable alongside him, also. Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Frank Langella, Mark Rylance and Joseph Gordon-Levitt merit props, too. I did enjoy how it portrays the (true) story, one that is very interesting no doubt. Overall, I had a pleasant time watching this - though I'd rate it a tad higher if not for that (not negative, just a bit lame) ending.