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The Trial of the Chicago 7
Topic by: Vanamonde
Posted: February 29, 2008 - 1:52 AM PST
Last Reply: March 4, 2008 - 3:57 AM PST

author topic: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Vanamonde
post #1  on February 29, 2008 - 1:52 AM PST  
Omigawd, omigawd, omigawd, OMIGAWD! I am soooo excited about this and I hope this is the right forum for this. I just found this at IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1070874/

It is just a rumor but Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin are to be working on a film of the "Trial of the Chicago 7"

Will Smith rumored to play Bobby Seale - he will be prefect!

Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman - mmmm, well, he could display some range here. (rumored)

Kevin Spacey as (unknown)

Philip Seymour Hoffman as William Kunstler My favorite lawyer in all of history!

Adam Arkin, mmmm, maybe Judge Hoffman? (no relation to Abbie). That is my guess.

For you young ones, Congress pass a law and Nixon signed, maybe it a crime for three or more people to discuss commiting a crime. It was called RICO and meant to be used to go after organized crime (like the Mafia).

Instead, the first time it was used was against leaders of the protest movement who dared interfere with Mayor Richard Daley's show in Chicago, the 1968 Democratic Convention. It became a battlefield with most of the violence started by the police but many who were their to protest the war, ready to bring the war home.

Basically, the criminals in power charged the victims with the crime and wanted to put them away.

I was only 16 but watching this farce (the convention and the police brutality), it was the first time I heard my parent get upset with the government. This was the night Dan Rather was beat up by Mayor Daley's thugs. That is was Walter Cronkite called them, thugs.

For those who can't wait, the best movie of this time I remember was "Medium Cool" with music by the late great Micheal Bloomfield.

If you hear more about this, please share!
NCMazur
post #2  on February 29, 2008 - 4:26 AM PST  
> On February 29, 2008 - 1:52 AM PST Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Omigawd, omigawd, omigawd, OMIGAWD! I am soooo excited about this and I hope this is the right forum for this. I just found this at IMDB:
>
> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1070874/
>
> It is just a rumor but Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin are to be working on a film of the "Trial of the Chicago 7"
> ---------------------------------

Don't know anything about the movie you reference above, but i did hear an interview on Fresh Air with Director Brett Morgan who is doing one those live action animation films (a la Waking Life, or A Scanner Darkly, i'm guessing) about the trial.

Here is the IMDB listing for CHICAGO 10

It has the late Roy Scheider doing the voice of Judge Hoffman.

If you want to hear the Fresh Air interview, You can find it here. They played some audio clips from both the upcoming movie and from the trial itself.
underdog
post #3  on February 29, 2008 - 9:17 AM PST  
We had a blurb on that new hybrid of a movie, Chicago 10, on GreenCine Daily, if you want to see more about it. Sounds bizarro but totally unique.

The Trial movie Vanamonde mentions was more of a rumor at this point, yah, with the start date pushed back due to actor/producer negotiations, but with Aaron Sorkin writing it it's gotta be interesting!

I am pretty sure you saw Vincent D'Onofrio's Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Movie ;-) but if you didn't, it's kind of underrated. I'm surprised they didn't approach him to reprise the role.
Vanamonde
post #4  on February 29, 2008 - 9:16 PM PST  
I thought that Steal This Movie was a bit disappointing. I believe their heart was in the right place but it just failing to capture the intensity of it all. It is hard for me to say why.

Chicago 10 looks interesting! Who are the extra three?
NCMazur
post #5  on March 3, 2008 - 6:14 AM PST  
> On February 29, 2008 - 9:16 PM PST Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Chicago 10 looks interesting! Who are the extra three?
> ---------------------------------

From wiki:

"The title is drawn from a quote by Rubin, who said, "Anyone who calls us the Chicago Seven is a racist. Because you're discrediting Bobby Seale. You can call us the Chicago Eight, but really we're the Chicago Ten, because our two lawyers went down with us."
Vanamonde
post #6  on March 3, 2008 - 7:46 PM PST  
> On March 3, 2008 - 6:14 AM PST NCMazur wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> From wiki:
>
> "The title is drawn from a quote by Rubin, who said, "Anyone who calls us the Chicago Seven is a racist. Because you're discrediting Bobby Seale. You can call us the Chicago Eight, but really we're the Chicago Ten, because our two lawyers went down with us."
> ---------------------------------

RIGHT! I have forgotten about that! Damn, my foggy mentals

Do you know that Rubin ended up as a Wall Street stock broker and fully embraced capitalism? I see a Google search in my near future.

"VOTE", the tales of Abbie and Jerry on the inside of the 1972 convention is one of my favorite political books. Time to read it again.
NCMazur
post #7  on March 4, 2008 - 3:57 AM PST  
> On March 3, 2008 - 7:46 PM PST Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Do you know that Rubin ended up as a Wall Street stock broker and fully embraced capitalism? I see a Google search in my near future.

Yes, indeed. On the contrary, as much as Abbie wanted to lay low and stay out of sight, he couldn't resist and had to get himself involved again.

> Also on March 3, 2008 - 7:46 PM PST Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "VOTE", the tales of Abbie and Jerry on the inside of the 1972 convention is one of my favorite political books. Time to read it again.
> ---------------------------------

Never read that one, i'll have to check it out.

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