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Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987)

Cast: Ron Rifkin, Ron Rifkin, Peter Boyle, more...
Director: Jeremy Kagan, Jeremy Kagan
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Simitar
Genre: Drama, Courtroom, Courtroom, Courtroom
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The docudrama Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8, relates the story of the trial that resulted from the riots that broke out in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention. The majority of the dialogue has been taken directly from court records and archival footage. Michael Lembeck plays the boisterous prankster Abbie Hoffman, who was certainly the most entertaining of the defendants. The main victim of his pranks is Judge Hoffman (David Opatoshu), whose stoic attitude is constantly challenged by the outrageous behavior of the defendants. The cast includes Barry Miller as Jerry Rubin, Robert Carradine as Rennie Davis, Robert Loggia as defense attorney William Hunstler, and other famous politically active actors like Peter Boyle and Martin Sheen. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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Stranger than fiction by KHambrecht November 9, 2004 - 2:42 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
In "Conspiracy," actors play the young Chicago 8, then commentary from the real guys is spliced in at key moments. It was shot on video and has a lot of now-quaint effects using original footage of the 1968 Democratic Convention. For example, someone looks at a legal pad, and footage starts running within the frame of the legal pad. Despite such goofy flaws, it's a good introduction to this crazy spectacle of a trial, which I confess I didn't know much about. (I wish it were clearer on this DVD exactly where this originally aired. I'm guessing HBO because it has swear words and topless chicks?) The interviews are the best part - Abbie Hoffman died two years after this was made, and a couple of the other dudes a few years after that, so this is a valuable record...also look for a comically phoned-in performance by Martin Sheen.

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