The Trial of the Chicago 7
Director: Aaron Sorkin Run Time: 129 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2020
Starring: Alex Sharp, Eddie Redmayne, John Carroll Lynch, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Country: United States
Language: English, Latin, French
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“Sorkin is a specialist in verbal pyrotechnics”
– David Ansen, Vanity Fair
About the film:
With a knack for courtroom drama, Academy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Aaron Sorkin translated this pivotal event in US history for the screen. The film earned six nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor Sacha Baron Cohen.
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
About the filmmaker:
One of the most respected screenwriters in the industry, Aaron Sorkin is the critically acclaimed writer behind A Few Good Men, The Social Network, The West Wing, and countless other award-winning films, TV shows and plays, including his stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird which earned nine nominations at the 2019 Tony Awards.
After the success of his 2017 directorial debut Molly’s Game, Sorkin was prompted by Steven Spielberg to helm a vital project in development since 2007, The Trial of the Chicago 7.Learn more about this year’s Awards Season