GenreDocumentary, Animation, History ScreenplayBrett Morgen WriterBrett Morgen LanguageEnglish
Release dateJanuary 18, 2007 (2007-01-18) (Sundance) CastDylan Baker (David Dellinger / David Stahl (voice)), Hank Azaria (Abbie Hoffman / Allen Ginsberg (voice)), Nick Nolte (Thomas Foran (voice)), Mark Ruffalo (Jerry Rubin (voice)), Roy Scheider (Judge Julius Hoffman (voice)), Liev Schreiber (William Kunstler (voice)) Similar moviesThe Chicago 8 (2011), Berkeley in the Sixties (1990), The US vs John Lennon (2006), Sir! No Sir! (2005), Best Of Enemies (2015)
Chicago 10 official trailer
Chicago 10: Speak Your Peace is a 2007 American animated documentary written and directed by Brett Morgen that tells the story of the Chicago Eight. The film features the voices of Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, James Urbaniak, and Jeffrey Wright in an animated reenactment of the trial based on transcripts and rediscovered audio recordings. It also contains archival footage of Abbie Hoffman, David Dellinger, William Kunstler, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, Tom Hayden, and Leonard Weinglass, and of the protest and riot itself. The title is drawn from a quote by Rubin, who said, "Anyone who calls us the Chicago Seven is a racist. Because you're discrediting Bobby Seale. You can call us the Chicago Eight, but really we're the Chicago Ten, because our two lawyers went down with us."
In 1968, a group of protestors got together to protest the Vietnam War where their actions led to their arrest and trial.
Hank Azaria as Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg
Dylan Baker as David Dellinger and David Stahl
Nick Nolte as Thomas Foran
Mark Ruffalo as Jerry Rubin
Roy Scheider as Judge Julius Hoffman
Liev Schreiber as William Kunstler
James Urbaniak as Rennie Davis and Richard Schultz
Jeffrey Wright as Bobby Seale
Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Paul Krassner
Debra Eisenstadt as Mary Ellen Dahl and Waitress
Lloyd Floyd as Robert Pierson / Arthur Aznavoorian / Police officer
Leonard Weinglass as himself
Catherine Curtin as Barbara Callender
Chuck Montgomery as Lee Weiner
Dave Boat as Norman Mailer, Marshal #1
Roger L. Jackson as Marshal #2, Reporter #4, Reporter #6
Amy Ryan as Anita Hoffman
On the eve of the Afghanistan War, director Brett Morgen was spurred to create Chicago 10 in response to what he saw as the lack of active American opposition to the war. Morgen wanted to make the anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960s resonate with contemporary youth, which influenced both the film's animation style and its anachronistic soundtrack, the latter of which features modern artists such as Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem. The animated courtroom sequences were also informed by Jerry Rubin's description of the trial as a "cartoon show."
The film premiered January 18, 2007 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It later premiered at Silverdocs, the AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. The film opened in limited release in the United States on February 29, 2008. It was aired nationally on the PBS program, Independent Lens, on October 22, 2008.
The film received generally favorable reviews from critics. As of April 11, 2010, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 80% of their critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 77 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, based on 24 reviews.