The Trial of the Chicago 7 15

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This film was last shown on 8 October 2020

In 1968, a group of activists spearheaded a massive protest the Vietnam War in Chicago’s Grant Park. What should have been a peaceful demonstration quickly became a startling, televised bloodbath when Chicago police and National Guard troops turned their weapons on the crowds.

What followed was an unruly six-month trial, in which demonstration organizers were accused of criminal conspiracy and crossing state lines to incite a riot, by President Nixon’s Department of Justice.

This snappy drama from writer-director Aaron Sorkin follows the seven organisers embroiled in this wild courtroom battle. Pumped full of Sorkin’s trademark zest but carrying an urgent political resonance.


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Aaron Sorkin
2 hours 10 minutes
Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II


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