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The Chicago 8 (2011)

TV-14 | | Drama | 14 September 2012 (USA)
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Based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cole ... Bill Kunstler
Steven Culp ... Thomas Foran
Philip Baker Hall ... Judge Julius Hoffman
David Julian Hirsh ... Tom Hayden
Orlando Jones ... Bobby Seale
Peter Mackenzie ... David Dellinger
Danny Masterson ... Jerry Rubin
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Abbie Hoffman
Aaron Abrams ... Lee Weiner
Mayim Bialik ... Nancy Kurshan
Jamie Elman ... John Froines
Meta Golding ... Leslie Seale
Bret Harrison ... Rennie Davis
Andy Hirsch ... Leonard Weinglass
Mykel Shannon Jenkins ... Black Panther
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Based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Written by Anonymous

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Philip Baker Hall also played Judge Hoffman in a 1979 Chicago stage production titled "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial". See more »

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Abbie Hoffman: Sorry dad, I'm ready to go to jail.
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there's a far superior version: skip this one
4 May 2015 | by kindwordsSee all my reviews

Happened to find CONSPIRACY: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO EIGHT on U2b and liked it so much I sought a DVD of it. Mistakenly ended up with this mess in the mail instead. Both the best version and this one use actual trial transcripts, but the 1987 includes interviews with actual participants in the trial and boasts a remarkable all-star cast. The 2011 version is badly acted, badly edited, supplemented with flashy filler (not trusting and, simultaneously, undercutting the potency of the actual trial), and weak in its selection of which trial scenes to include. HBO doesn't offer the original TV film, and Amazon way overprices it. TV docudramas of the '80s (another being WASHINGTON: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS) often captured the grit and sinew of HBO's early years of same, such as AND THE BAND PLAYED ON. If you're a film student, a comparison/contrast on the sublime '87 and ridiculous '11 would make a dandy term paper.


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