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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Dellinger is a nuanced NiceGuy, FamilyMan, and ActualPacifist with a history of anti-war activism dating back to ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII,'' and played by [[Creator/JohnCarrollLynch a very talented actor.]] Unfortunately, outside of his introductory scene, the flashbacks to the riot, and the scene where he snaps and punches a bailiff, he's mostly a passive spectator throughout the story. The film also fails to emphasize Dellinger's friendships with Abbie, Hayden, and even Fred Hampton, which could have helped him ease tensions between his fellow defendants.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Dellinger is a nuanced NiceGuy, FamilyMan, and ActualPacifist with a history of anti-war activism dating back to ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII,'' and ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII''. He's also played by [[Creator/JohnCarrollLynch a the very talented actor.]] Creator/JohnCarrollLynch. Unfortunately, outside of his introductory scene, the flashbacks to the riot, and the scene where he snaps and punches a bailiff, he's mostly a passive spectator throughout the story. The film also fails to emphasize Dellinger's friendships with Abbie, Hayden, and even Fred Hampton, which could have helped him ease tensions between his fellow defendants.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Dellinger is a nuanced NiceGuy, FamilyMan, and ActualPacifist with a history of anti-war activism dating back to ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII,'' and [[Creator/JohnCarrollLynch a very talented actor.]] Unfortunately, outside of his introductory scene, the flashbacks to the riot, and the scene where he snaps and punches a bailiff, he's mostly a passive spectator throughout the story. The film also fails to emphasize Dellinger's friendships with Abbie, Hayden, and even Fred Hampton, which could have helped him ease tensions between his fellow defendants.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Dellinger is a nuanced NiceGuy, FamilyMan, and ActualPacifist with a history of anti-war activism dating back to ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII,'' and played by [[Creator/JohnCarrollLynch a very talented actor.]] Unfortunately, outside of his introductory scene, the flashbacks to the riot, and the scene where he snaps and punches a bailiff, he's mostly a passive spectator throughout the story. The film also fails to emphasize Dellinger's friendships with Abbie, Hayden, and even Fred Hampton, which could have helped him ease tensions between his fellow defendants.


** Bound to happen when a cast is made up this many talented actors in juicy parts where they all have to compete in the same category. Creator/SachaBaronCohen ended up stealing most of the awards love, including the lone acting nomination at the Oscars. Depending on who you ask, certain fans will say that they thought the likes of Creator/MarkRylance, Creator/FrankLangella, Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII, or Creator/EddieRedmayne should've been nominated alongside Baron Cohen, or in place of him.

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** Bound to happen when a cast is made up this many talented actors in juicy parts where they all have to compete in the same category. Creator/SachaBaronCohen ended up stealing most of the awards love, including the lone acting nomination at the Oscars. Depending on who you ask, certain fans will say that they thought the likes of Creator/MarkRylance, Creator/FrankLangella, Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII, or Creator/EddieRedmayne should've been nominated alongside Baron Cohen, or in place of him. Most noticeable in the case of Rylance, who was initially considered one of the categories frontrunners.


* HarsherInHindsight: Flashbacks show Rennie bleeding from a head wound after being beaten by the police. Mere months after the film's release, the real Davis died of lymphoma, the symptoms of which include head and neck pain.
* HarsherInHindsight: The content concerning [[spoiler: Fred Hampton's murder]] is already upsetting here. A few months later, audiences would get to see this offscreen event play out in ''Film/JudasAndTheBlackMessiah''. And it's even more nightmarish than this movie's recap would lead you to believe.

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Flashbacks show Rennie bleeding from a head wound after being beaten by the police. Mere months after the film's release, the real Davis died of lymphoma, the symptoms of which include head and neck pain.
* HarsherInHindsight: ** The content concerning [[spoiler: Fred Hampton's murder]] is already upsetting here. A few months later, audiences would get to see this offscreen event play out in ''Film/JudasAndTheBlackMessiah''. And it's even more nightmarish than this movie's recap would lead you to believe.

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* HarsherInHindsight: The content concerning [[spoiler: Fred Hampton's murder]] is already upsetting here. A few months later, audiences would get to see this offscreen event play out in ''Film/JudasAndTheBlackMessiah''. And it's even more nightmarish than this movie's recap would lead you to believe.

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** Bound to happen when a cast is made up this many talented actors in juicy parts where they all have to compete in the same category. Creator/SachaBaronCohen ended up stealing most of the awards love, including the lone acting nomination at the Oscars. Depending on who you ask, certain fans will say that they thought the likes of Creator/MarkRylance, Creator/FrankLangella, Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII, or Creator/EddieRedmayne should've been nominated alongside Baron Cohen, or in place of him.
** While he got nominated for his script, Creator/AaronSorkin didn't make the director lineup at the Oscars despite having enough people in his corner to make several precursors.


* {{Narm}}: The final scene, whilst effective in it's message, goes too far into crowd-pleasing OscarBait territory. The musical score is especially ham-fisted and cliched, almost to the point of parody.

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* {{Narm}}: The final scene, whilst effective in it's its message, goes too far into crowd-pleasing OscarBait territory. The musical score is especially ham-fisted and cliched, almost to the point of parody.


** Ramsay Clarke only appears in two scenes, but his eagerness to ally with the Chicago Seven and Creator/MichaelKeaton’s nuanced portrayal makes him one of the movie’s most memorable characters.

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** Ramsay Clarke Ramsey Clark only appears in two scenes, but his eagerness to ally with the Chicago Seven and Creator/MichaelKeaton’s nuanced portrayal makes him one of the movie’s most memorable characters.


** Bobby Seale wound up being quite popular thanks to [[IronWoobid an enormous woobie who still never stands down despite the circumstances being unbelievably stacked against him]]. Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII’s excellent portrayal is another plus.

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** Bobby Seale wound up being quite popular thanks to [[IronWoobid [[IronWoobie an enormous woobie who still never stands down despite the circumstances being unbelievably stacked against him]]. Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII’s excellent portrayal is another plus.


** Bobby Seale wound up being quite popular thanks to an enormous [[TheWoobie woobie]] who still never stands down despite the circumstances being unbelievably stacked against him. Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII’s excellent portrayal is another plus.

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** Bobby Seale wound up being quite popular thanks to [[IronWoobid an enormous [[TheWoobie woobie]] woobie who still never stands down despite the circumstances being unbelievably stacked against him.him]]. Creator/YahyaAbdulMateenII’s excellent portrayal is another plus.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In real-life, several cops who beat protestors were indicted at the same time as The Chicago 8 (and by the same prosecutors), but this goes unmentioned when it could have further humanized Schultz and Foran and drawn more attention to the PoliceBrutality. 


** CrusadingLawyer William Kunstler tries to remain calm throughout trial, but as it goes on, he has trouble maintaining his composure as it devolves more and more into a circus, and when it's made clear to him just how set the judge is on finding his clients guilty. Despite all this, [[StoicWoobie he stands up for the Chicago 7 and Bobby Seale the whole way, even as he continues to become more exhausted with all of his surroundings]].

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** CrusadingLawyer William Kunstler tries to remain calm throughout trial, but as it goes on, he has trouble maintaining his composure as it devolves more and more into a circus, and when it's made clear to him just how set the judge is on finding his clients guilty. Despite all this, [[StoicWoobie he stands up for the Chicago 7 and Bobby Seale the whole way, even as he continues to become more exhausted with all of his surroundings]].surroundings]].
** Rennie is a NiceGuy who is affected by American casualties in Vietnam, is beaten by the police and [[ItsAllMyFault feels responsible for the circumstances that led to the riot]] because Hayden was arrested by the police (which stirred up the mob) while doing Rennie a favor.


** Crusading Lawyer William Kunstler tries to remain calm throughout trial, but as it goes on, he has trouble maintaining his composure as it devolves more and more into a circus, and when it's made clear to him just how set the judge is on finding his clients guilty. Despite all this, [[StoicWoobie he stands up for the Chicago 7 and Bobby Seale the whole way, even as he continues to become more exhausted with all of his surroundings]].

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** Crusading Lawyer CrusadingLawyer William Kunstler tries to remain calm throughout trial, but as it goes on, he has trouble maintaining his composure as it devolves more and more into a circus, and when it's made clear to him just how set the judge is on finding his clients guilty. Despite all this, [[StoicWoobie he stands up for the Chicago 7 and Bobby Seale the whole way, even as he continues to become more exhausted with all of his surroundings]].


** Tom Hayden is one of the more moderate defendants in the case, but much of what happens winds up being blamed on him for the time that one grammatical error winds up getting him and his fellow protestors beaten and arrested. All this is later made totally clear to Hayden in a humiliating moment where [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he realizes his error]] and is shown to be incapable of taking the stand. Additionally, his temperate attitude during the trial and accidentally paying respect to [[HangingJudge Judge Hoffman]] causes him to be viewed as a TokenEvilTeammate for his own cause.

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** Tom Hayden is one of the more moderate defendants in the case, but much of what happens winds up being blamed on him for the time that one grammatical error winds up getting him and his fellow protestors beaten and arrested. All this is later made totally clear to Hayden in a humiliating moment where [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he realizes his error]] and is shown to be incapable of taking the stand. Additionally, his temperate attitude during the trial and accidentally paying respect to [[HangingJudge Judge Hoffman]] causes him to be viewed as a TokenEvilTeammate for his own cause.cause.
** Crusading Lawyer William Kunstler tries to remain calm throughout trial, but as it goes on, he has trouble maintaining his composure as it devolves more and more into a circus, and when it's made clear to him just how set the judge is on finding his clients guilty. Despite all this, [[StoicWoobie he stands up for the Chicago 7 and Bobby Seale the whole way, even as he continues to become more exhausted with all of his surroundings]].

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** John Doman as GreaterScopeVillain John N. Mitchell only appears in one scene, but it proves to be a memorable one, showing him as a [[EvilIsPetty petty]], [[{{Jerkass}} ruthless asshole]] who is absolutely determined to take down our heroes.

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