The Trial of Chicago 7 is a historical film that takes you back to the era of the 1970s. The Vietnam war was starting, and the government was facing widespread criticism. This movie captures the struggle of the protesters that gathered at the Democratic Convention of 1968. They were overwhelmed by the strict response of the authorities, and a full-fledged riot broke out as a result. This was when seven individuals volunteered to defend the case made by the government. They were charged with conspiracy and then contempt of court during the hearings.
Aaron Sorkin wrote the film in 2007 after Steven Spielberg showed the intent to make a movie about the incident at the Democratic Convention of 1968 and the trial that followed. Spielberg could not work as the director for the film. Hence, Sorkin took over in 2018 and started the production for the film. The production was completed by the end of 2019 and the Paramount Studio wanted to release the movie theatrically. That was canceled due to the Pandemic and it was decided to take the movie to Netflix. The Trial of Chicago Seven premiered on September 23, 2020, in selected theaters. Now, the movie is up for release on Netflix on October 16, 2020.
Sacha Baron Cohan and Eddie Redmayne were the first ones cast for the film. Sacha Baron is known for making controversial films, and this time, his role will require him to stay serious. From the initial reviews, he steals the show with his extraordinary performance in the film. Other castings like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gorden-Levitt along with Eddie, are some of the distinguished performers for the show. The movie is going to shine more due to the distinguished performances of these stars.
The movie is based on the real-life records of this incident, which was followed by some of the most important incidents in the history of America. The country had just come out of the high profile assassinations of Martian Luther King Jr. and the presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. There were unprecedented riots in the country when a new president was about to be elected. This group, later known as Chicago 7 were involved in the protest that took place in Chicago. The Police took an aggressive approach towards the protestants, and a huge riot took place in the city. A trial took place, and this movie documents the proceeding and the stakes involved in these hearings.
There are many controversial elements involved. Things like racial injustice, corruption, and abuse of power are the main concern throughout the movie. While the seven defendants try to prove that they were planning peaceful protests and the police enticed the riot that took place, the prosecution tried to treat them as criminals. The Judge is also criticized for his behavior towards the defendants. In the trial, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner were defendants against the conspiracy charges. Seven of the five were convicted of inciting riots, acquitted for conspiracy that was subsequently overturned, and they were formerly acquitted from the courts.