23
Oct
08

chicago 10

 

I have been anticipating the television release of this movie since its debut at Sundance last year. Independent Lens showed it last night on PBS. It was amazing not just as an informational documentary but as a work of art. Brett Morgan used a ton of actual footage mixed with animation and voice actors. Much of the trial dialogue was verbatim from the transcripts. I’ve heard some of the audio recordings of the 1968 conspiricy trial and I have to say that Rob Sheider (of Jaws fame) did Judge Hoffman’s voice perfectly. It was chilling, really. Abbie Hoffman and the other defendents, as well as their lawyers, are American heroes and this film captures their message and does their story great justice.  The trailer is below.

 

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