The Chicago 8 is the true story of the notorious 1968 trial that resulted when seven leaders of an anti-war movement, and a member of the Black Panthers, were charged with conspiracy to incite devastating riots in Chicago. Desperate to stop what they saw as an “immoral war”, this group was ready to take on the establishment, express their freedom of speech by all means necessary, while paying a price for their actions.
Never in America’s history has youthful protest captured society’s imagination nor polarized it to such a degree. A protest paralleled in the modern era, with recent establishment uprisings on Wall Street and in the Middle East.
A star-studded soundtrack features artists from Bob Dylan to Jefferson Airplane. The cast includes Gary Cole (Office Space, The Brady Bunch Movie), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Danny Masterson (Men at Work, That 70’s Show), Orlando Jones (MadTv), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Reunion), Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia) and Steven Culp (The West Wing).