The Chicago 8

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The Chicago 8
The Chicago 8 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Pinchas Perry
Produced by Pinchas Perry
Al Bravo
Kate Connor
Alain Jakubowicz
James Mathers
Written by Pinchas Perry
Starring Philip Baker Hall
Gary Cole
Steven Culp
Mayim Bialik
Danny Masterson
Music by Peter Bateman
Shay Raviv
Cinematography James Mathers
Edited by Richard Halsey
Colleen Halsey
Release dates
  • August 2010 (2010-08) (Peachtree Film Festival)
  • September 14, 2012 (2012-09-14) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

The Chicago 8 is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by Pinchas Perry and starring Philip Baker Hall, Gary Cole, Steven Culp and Mayim Bialik. The film is based on actual court transcripts from the Chicago Seven trial.

Plot[edit]

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.[1]

Cast[edit]

Incidentally, Philip Baker Hall, Gary Cole, and Steven Culp played recurring characters on the television show The West Wing.

Production[edit]

The Chicago 8 commenced filming in September 2009 in Los Angeles.[2] The film premiered at Peachtree International Film Festival in Atlanta in August 2010 and has since screened at the Museum of Tolerance Film Festival, at the 11th annual Beverly Hills Film Festival and at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.[2] The film has received the top prize of Best Feature Film 2010 at the Peachtree International Film Festival and Best Feature Film 2011 at the Beverly Hills Film Festival prior to its theatrical release.[2]

Perry, Al Bravo, Shirly Brener, Kate Connor, Alain Jakubowicz, and James Mathers all serve as producers. The film is edited by Colleen Halsey and Richard Halsey with James Mathers serving as cinematographer.[1]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at Peachtree International Film Festival in Atlanta in August 2010 and has since screened at the Museum of Tolerance Film Festival in November 2010, at the 11th annual Beverly Hills Film Festival in April 2011 and at the Santa Cruz Film Festival in May 2011.[2]

Accolades[edit]

Prior to release, The Chicago 8 has been nominated for a number of awards from its Film Festival releases. The film has received two significant awards. The Chicago 8 was awarded the top prize of Best Feature Film 2010 at the Peachtree International Film Festival in 2010. In 2011 the film attained the leading award of Best Feature Film 2011 at the Beverly Hills Film Festival prior to its theatrical release.[2]

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