The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

  • Directed by Aaron Sorkin
  • Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Mark Rylance
  • USA | 129mins | 2020 | rated (15)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 9m

We all know Aaron Sorkin is one of the finest scriptwriters wielding a pen in Hollywood today (A Few Good Men, The West Wing, Moneyball, The Social Network), but his emergence as a director with a gift for handling actors is a revelation.

After a remarkably good directorial debut with Molly's Game – which he also wrote – Sorkin has taken a noticeable step forward with The Trial of the Chicago 7.

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.

Featuring a super-group of actors (Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne, Frank Langella, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) Sorkin has moulded a finely-tuned ensemble, each complementing the other like members of a chamber orchestra.

It's an impressive feat, and one not to miss on the big screen this November.