Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Frank Langella, Alex Sharp, Danny Flaherty, Noah Robbins, Kelvin Harrison Jr., William Hurt
Netflix’s political drama written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on true events which follows the 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and other charges, arising from the anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the US government.
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We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.
William Kunstler: [to Hoffman] You know why you’re on trial here?
Crowd: [chanting] The whole world is watching!
[as they see the police with their guns]
Abbie Hoffman: You alright?
Jerry Rubin: I was until I saw that.
Bobby Seale: Martin’s dead. Bobby’s dead. Jesus is dead. They tried it peacefully. We’re going to try something else.
John Mitchell: These are rebels without a job. They’re a threat to national security.
Abbie Hoffman: It’s revolution. We may have to hurt somebody’s feelings.
Richard Schultz: When you came to Chicago, were you hoping to draw the police into a confrontation?
Richard Schultz: I’m concerned you have to think about it.
Abbie Hoffman: Give you me a moment, would you, friend? I’ve never been on trial for my thoughts before.
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