Aaron Sorkin Flexes His Courtroom Drama Muscles With ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7′

Film – UPROXX – October 1, 2020 at 11:17AM:


Aaron Sorkin has a certain flair for writing so over-the-top obvious, garish lines of dialogue that hint at current events, yet delivered with such conviction and spite that it feels stupid to even point it out. And, of course, there are a lot of those moments in Sorkin’s new film The Trial of the Chicago 7 (which will be on Netflix in October). There’s a moment in the film when the former Attorney General Ramsey Clark (Michael Keaton) is testifying that the whole trial is a sham and a political witch-hunt. The judge (Frank Langella) doesn’t want the jury to hear the testimony based on attorney-client privileges between the former attorney general and former President Lyndon Johnson. Michael Keaton mumbles a response. The judge asks him to repeat himself. Keaton dramatically turns to the camera and says that the president is not a client of the attorney general. A-ha! (Also of note, Ramsey Clark is still alive today.)

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