The Chicago Trial 7 was originally scheduled for a theatrical release during Oscar season, but COVID-19 had other plans for October 2020. Thankfully, Netflix stood with open arms ready to give a home and bring back to Aaron Sorkin’s star-studded courtroom drama Oscar-level drama that fits right into subscribers’ living room (originally produced for Paramount Pictures). The film, which is based on the real-life trial of the so-called “Chicago 7” in 1969, tells a contemporary story of politics, telling the truth and doing the right thing.
Aside from its topicality, the film revolves around a trial to determine whether the accused, the Chicago 7 title, sparked rioting at last year̵
Not everything that is presented in the film is factual; There wasn’t an undercover agent, Daphne O’Connor, flirting with a soon-to-be-broken Jerry Rubin, and attorney Richard Schultz was perhaps a little more of a shark than the movie defines him, for example. But almost all of the main characters in the film are based on people who were very real and very present in public. That means we can look them up.
Check out what the characters you just saw in Aaron Sorkin’s movie really looked like below – and see if you agree or disagree with the movie’s casting decisions.