The Trial of the Chicago 7

Synopsis: The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the 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 U.S. government.
Genre: Drama
Year:
2020
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FADE IN:

1 LYNDON JOHNSON addresses a television camera (FILE FOOTAGE)1

LYNDON JOHNSON:

I have today ordered to Vietnam the

Air Mobile Division and certain

other forces which will raise our

fighting strength from 75,000 to

125,000 almost immediately. This

will make it necessary to increase

our active fighting forces by

raising the monthly draft from

17,000 to 35,000 per month.

MUSIC crashes in that will take us through the prologue--a

nation coming off the rails.

2 INT. LOTTERY DRAWING -DAY (FILE FOOTAGE) 2

A few well-scrubbed young men from the Youth Draft Advisory

Committee stand over a goldfish bowl containing capsules. One

of the young men pulls a capsule and reads it as if someone’s

won something-

YOUNG MAN:

June 3rd. All those whose birthday

falls on June 3rd-

3 INT./EXT MAILBOXES -DAY/NIGHT 3

We see a SERIES OF TIGHT SHOTS of different kinds of

mailboxes being opened--rural, suburban, apartment building,

etc., all of it under-

REPORTER #1 (V.O.)

President Johnson announced new

monthly draft totals increasing to

35,000 per month-

REPORTER #2 (V.O.)

43,000 per month-

REPORTER #3 (V.O.)

51,000 per month-

REPORTER #4 (V.O.)

382,386 men between the ages of 18

and 24 have now been called to

duty.

2.

4 EXT. RURAL MAILBOX TREE -DAY 4

A line of mailboxes sit on the side of a rural road. One of

them is open. We move down and see mail scattered at the feet

of a young black man, 18, slumped down on the ground, his

induction notice shaking in his hands.

MARTIN LUTHER KING (V.O.)

It should be incandescently clear

that no one who has any concern for

the integrity of life in America

today can ignore the present war-

5 INT. BALLROOM -NIGHT (FILE FOOTAGE) 5

KING continues-

MARTIN LUTHER KING

If America’s soul becomes poisoned,

part of the autopsy must read

“Vietnam”,

And we HEAR the rifle shot that killed him RING OUT as we

FLASH CUT TO:

6 FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH--(FILE FOOTAGE) 6

Three men pointing in unison to where the shot came from.

7 EXT. CAMPAIGN RALLY -NIGHT (FILE FOOTAGE) 7

It’s pouring rain and Robert Kennedy is talking to a crowd of

people who have just heard the news-

ROBERT KENNEDY (V.O.)

What we need in the United States

is not hatred, but love and wisdom.

So I ask you to return home and say

a prayer for the family of Martin

Luther King.

We HEAR the GUN SHOT that killed Kennedy-

8 INT. AMBASSADOR HOTEL -NIGHT (FILE FOOTAGE) 8

As screaming chaos engulfs the candidate.

3.

9 INT. LOTTERY DRAWING -DAY (FILE FOOTAGE) 9

YOUNG MAN:

April 22nd. All those whose

birthday falls on April 22nd-

The MUSIC CONTINUES-

10 INT. CAMPUS AUDITORIUM -NIGHT 10

RENNIE:

We were there.

RENNIE DAVIS, mid-20’s, wearing a short-sleeved white shirt

and tie, is speaking to a standing room only crowd of

students. In contrast to the cliche of the times, most of the

students are fairly conservatively dressed. On the movie

screen is footage of a Vietnamese village-

RENNIE (CONT'D)

We didn’t see Vietnamese soldiers.

What we saw were population

centers. Schoolhouses, pagodas,

women and children.

Suddenly the movie screen fills with huge explosions of

yellow, black and searing white.

RENNIE (CONT'D)

And that’s American napalm. The

women and children were burned

alive. Tom?

TOM HAYDEN steps out from the darkness. He’s 30, handsome and

serious.

TOM:

The Democratic Party is going to

nominate Hubert Humphrey next month

in Chicago.

We ID the two men with a chyron-

Tom Hayden Rennie Davis

Leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)

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Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom; and the films A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs. more…

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