"The Chicago 8" is a courtroom drama based on actual court transcripts from the trial that resulted when seven young leaders of the Vietnam anti-war movement including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Tom Hayden along with Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot.
In 1968, America was divided over the Vietnam War. Due to the growing anti-war movement, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he would not run for re-election. Democrat Robert Kennedy, the Presidential hopeful, was assassinated that summer. The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago where leaders of the anti-war movement planned a protest.
During the protest, Chicago Mayor Daley used police force to brutally quell the rally, and as a result, rioting broke out in the streets. One person was killed, hundreds were injured and thousands were arrested.
One year later, newly-elected President Richard Nixon gave the green light to prosecute eight men who were accused of conspiracy to incite a riot. The FBI brought them to Chicago, where they stood trial. They were known thereafter as "The Chicago 8." (c) vimeo.com
Starring: Gary Cole, Philip Baker Hall, Steven Culp, Scott Lowell, Danny Masterson, Orlando Jones, Thomas Ian Nicholas
Written by: Pinchas Perry
Directed by: Pinchas Perry
Producer: Al Bravo