In 1968 8 men –Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale– were charged with conspiracy and inciting a riot following the massive anti-Vietnam War protest at the Democratic Convention.
With the government wanting to send a message to protesters following what would later be classified as a police riot, this would become the trial of the year and a big moment in 1960s America. Aaron Sorkin has been working on this screenplay for ever a decade, and now has brought it to screen as director as well. Let’s take a look.
If you’re like me, you like Aaron Sorkin dialogue, and this looks like it might be peak Aaron Sorkin Dialogue. I am mixed on Sorkin as a director so far, but courtroom drama looks like it might be right up his alley.
This is the kind of big, broad, prestige drama that it feels like we don’t get a lot of anymore. A cast of a thousand stars and a social message based on events from which you can draw a straight line from then to now, this is almost certainly one to watch.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is headed to Netflix on October 16th.