The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

  • R
  • 2020
  • 129 min
  • USA, UK
  • drama, history, thriller

What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot.

Director: Aaron Sorkin

Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.


  • Aaron Sorkin
    Aaron Sorkin

    Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. He is recognized for his trademark rapid-fire dialogue and extended monologues. His notable film screenplays include A Few Good Men (1992), The American President (1995),

Main Cast


Producer: Marc Platt, Tyler Thompson, Matt Jackson

Editor: Alan Baumgarten

Casting: Francine Maisler

Director Of Photography: Phedon Papamichael

Original Music Composer: Daniel Pemberton

Costume Design: Susan Lyall

Executive Producer: Marc Butan, Jared Underwood, Slava Vladimirov, Thorsten Schumacher, Nicole Alexandra Shipley

Production Design: Shane Valentino


Tagline: In 1968, democracy refused to back down.

Genres: drama, history, thriller

Certificate: R

Categories: chicago 7, unfair trial, protesting vietnam war, federal prosecutor, 1960s, riot, black panther party, chicago illinois, activism, year 1968, police brutality, protest march, political convention, courtroom, year 1969, yippie, political persecution, anti war, tear gas


Year: 2020

Runtime: 129 min

Country: USA, UK, India

Language: English, French, Latin

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Also Known As

  • Il processo ai Chicago 7 (IT)
  • Os 7 de Chicago (BR)
  • Les Sept de Chicago (FR)
  • El juicio de los 7 de Chicago (ES)


  • David Sims (The Atlantic)

    "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is a courtroom drama where no one—neither the characters, nor the viewers—expects that justice will be done. Full Review ...

  • A.O. Scott (New York Times)

    "The Trial of the Chicago 7" offers an absorbing account, in some ways alarming and in some ways reassuring, of an earlier moment of polarization and violent conflict. Full Review ...

  • Tom Beasley (VultureHound)

    Many of the acclaimed scribe's usual flourishes and flashes of genius are present, of course, but there's a sense that this is a man pushing himself a little too far.

  • James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

    In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful job of picking through months of testimony to find significant exchanges that speak a universal language about the corruption of power and the desire to silence opposition voices.

  • Johnny Oleksinski (New York Post)

    Sorkin, who's unmatched in his ability to write debates and speeches, manages to freshen up those old benches, robes and gavels. Full Review ...