Steven Spielberg has eye on Chicago Seven movie

There are 20 comments on the Jan 3, 2008, Chicago Tribune story titled Steven Spielberg has eye on Chicago Seven movie. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Spielberg tells Vanity Fair magazine he is developing "The Trial of the Chicago Seven," a film about Vietnam War demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

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My Truth Hurts

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 3, 2008
Is anyone else tired of stories about the swinging sixties? You baby boomers need to lay off the naval gazing. You have left us with more debt than you inherited and your free love hippy BS did nothing but radicalize the right wing and set us up for the surveillance state. Enough already!
Homer

Glendale, AZ

#2 Jan 3, 2008
Sex drugs and rock n roll left us with AIDS, Crystal Meth and Britney Spears.

Thanks 60's hippies! You losers.

I'm sure Speilberg will paint the rioters as the REAL heroes and Abbie Hoffman as a stand up guy.

Every time I see old films of the riots I root for the cops.

I guess I was one of the "children" the hippies thought they were saving.

Well.....I grew up and think you all suck.
Robert

Chicago, IL

#4 Jan 3, 2008
I agree with Truth Hurts. Where is my baton.

It baffles my mind that people who willfully broke our laws time and time again are being championed. The dumb and and dumber.
Sarah

Latonia, KY

#5 Jan 3, 2008
Speilberg's a little late. Brett Morgan has already released a documentary named, "Chicago 10." His film is part archived footage, part animation.

"director Brett Morgen turns his unique eye toward the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in this 2006 documentary. Using a star-studded voice cast along with a blend of archival footage and animation, Morgen tells the story of the eight demonstrators who were arrested and tried for conspiracy in the wake of the violent anti-war protests. Featuring the voices of Nick Nolte and Mark Ruffalo among others, Chicago 10 premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide"
(copied from the New York Times)

Speilberg's just trying to cash in on a well received story.
Depot Jim

Winnetka, IL

#7 Jan 3, 2008
Left wing Hollywood will probably portray the Chicago Seven as All American heroes. Many of them on the left coast really hate the United States. But the freedoms we have here protects for being the hateful people that they are. They cannot get that types of freedom in most of the world.
Traveler

United States

#8 Jan 3, 2008
I lived here in the Chicago area during this period of time and had friends who got caught up in the whole mess - I met them after the fact.

One came from NY specifically to protest - slept in the park across from the Hilton - yes he was a hippie. Got his head opened up with a nightstick and tossed in jail. He tried to remain a hippie for as long as he could but little by little I could see the change - having a wife, a child, etc.

The other friend was an innocent bystander going to college at UIC at Navy Pier - she and her date left a concert and made their way to a train station and got caught up in a round-up by the cops - were getting hauled off to jail when one of the cops realized they looked a lot different than the others so he cut them out of the group so they could get home safely.

Not good times. Many of were scared to go out.

None of these guys should be memorialized in a positive way. there was nothing redeeming about them. They came to Chicago to start trouble and succeeded. Their behavior in the courtroom was disgusting and child-like - and they weren't exactly spring chickens. Older than I for sure and at least one was in his 30's.(I thought that was ancient then).

Then Jane Fonda married one of them later on and he became a politician. Go figure.
Chloe

Las Vegas, NV

#9 Jan 3, 2008
NOTE TO MY TRUTH HURTS: And it gives us Baby Boomers GREAT pleasure in spending ALL of your social security and Medicare money!!!

NOTE TO HOMER: Our "sex drugs & rock n roll" did not leave you with AIDS, crystal meth or Britney Spears!! You obviously have no knowledge of basic math. Spears' parents are NOT old enough to be 60's boomers; blame the 80's music on her parents conceiving her and her white trash sister. You obviously have no concept of history either of what the '68 riots were about. It's people like you that brings up the idea of reinstituting the draft. I'd bet that you'd be the first one "protesting" going to war, war of any kind.
Homer

Glendale, AZ

#10 Jan 3, 2008
Chloe,
The RIOT was in 68. The war and draft lasted long after that. Didn't quite acomplish much did it? Hey but you guys were soooooo hip.

Anyway, our culture wouldn't be where it is today if it weren't for degenerates like yourself and you "do as you feel" attitude in the 60's.....so yes, we've lost some accountability and standards due to your "peace and love" fest.

We are seeing the consequences of that now.

Thanks A hole.

Oh, and you were wrong on the war too. You made a bad situation worse.

The N. Vietnamese, Yuri Andropov and Jane Fonda loved you guys though.

Do you have you're "useful idiot" shirt on?

You should.

We went from the Greatest Generation to the Worst generation in 20 years. You people actually VOTED for Jimmy Carter. What is wrong with you?

You thought you and your leaders were idealists, but it turned out that you were degenerate losers.

When I watch the movie, I'll be the one screaming: Go cops Go!

retiree

Draper, UT

#11 Jan 3, 2008
The only person who should be allowed to play Abbie Hoffman is Richard D'Alessandro, the fellow who portrayed Hoffman in the movie Forrest Gump. But that was a few years ago, and Mr. D'Alessandro is probably too old to play the role.

However, the Borat person should never play such a primary role.

For any of those out there who have seen the various documentaries on the 1960s, you will know that many of the most notable participants have been reflective about their roles, including Jane Fonda who has apologized for pretending to shoot down American planes while she was in Hanoi.

I saw Hoffman at a university speech shortly before his suicide and his irreverence was still readily visible, but in many ways, in a more mature way than in the 1960s. Remember that his book was titled "Revolution for the Hell of It", which is hardly a revolutionary concept when placed in the perspective of the Jeffersons, Washingtons, Madisons and Franklins of the 1770s.

Us boomers made significant contributions to the 1960s, supporting and promoting legislation that has stood the test of time.

As an aside, an acquaintance from Chicago told me that he was active in Grant Park during the 1968 demonstrations. He would have been 13 years old at that time, and I have yet to see a 13 year old among the hundreds of images of those protests.

Anyone who was there who can shed some light on this will be appreciated.
Natalie

Chicago, IL

#12 Jan 3, 2008
Homer wrote:
Sex drugs and rock n roll left us with AIDS, Crystal Meth and Britney Spears.
Thanks 60's hippies! You losers.
I'm sure Speilberg will paint the rioters as the REAL heroes and Abbie Hoffman as a stand up guy.
Every time I see old films of the riots I root for the cops.
I guess I was one of the "children" the hippies thought they were saving.
Well.....I grew up and think you all suck.
Thanks!! I saw the pics of balls stuffed with nails that were thrown at police officers. Why would hippies think police would retaliate against them? Especially when the police were met with such extreme violence with baseball bats? These lowlife's rights were not enfrindged in any way. Protesting a war does not give you the right to throw spiked balls at authority. You never heard of Ghandi doing such a thing, and he protested against a war!!

Hypocrites!
Ray

Köln, Germany

#13 Jan 3, 2008
Must be a slow day in the "news world" for this to even be mentioned. In other words, who cares....
Garret

Chicago, IL

#14 Jan 3, 2008
Sounds like Spielberg and his fellow travelers from the 60s are out to trash the Chicago police once again. Maybe if he would talk to some of the cops and find out the kinds of disgusting things that were thrown at them and the little self-protection the police had at the time he would have a different perspective. I would respectfully suggest that Chicago will not be the place to have this film's premier.
Traveler

United States

#16 Jan 3, 2008
I didn't like most of what was happening during these years - killings on campus, riots, marches, sit-ins. Jesus freaks and flower children all over the place. Patty Hearst. First pot, then LSD, etc. Bra burning, Flag burning, Draft burning. Assassinations. Black Panthers. But we weren't alone in this country - other countries were having student revolutions too. Whether any of you older or younger people disagree though, this generation (mine)changed our country forever and much of it for the better.

I've been teased about sleeping through the 60's. Nobody teased me about sleeping through the 70's though. I was busy all those years working and taking care of my children. Wouldn't have joined the protests anyway.

We were scared - old men sending young men - our contemporaries to fight in a far away jungle and die or come home broken. Now our old men are sending our young men to fight another war. History repeating in some ways. Only this time they aren't being drafted.

Viet Nam went on for so long and my sons were growing older by the day. I decided that if it was still going on when my sons reached draft age I would personally smuggle them into Canada. My husband escaped the draft simply because I was expecting our first child - later having a child did not qualify for an exemption. I went from a Hawk at the beginning of Viet Nam to a Dove by the end. It was my friends and my relatives who were dying and getting maimed.

I really got mad when NONE of the Nam veterans qualified for veteran benefits because the US had never declared war. What a crock. Old men making decisions about young people again. That did get changed but not without a lot of effort and time.

The mob in Grant Park in 1968 also threw paper bags filled with feces at the cops. Daley made his infamous statement 'shoot to kill'. Chicago was the laughing stock everywhere.

When MLK was assassinated the riots and burnings kept people home.

At some point the bridge on Division Street was raised - and stayed that way for years. Don't know for sure but I also thought it was to keep unsuspecting suburbanites from exiting the Xpwy there and driving past the projects on their way downtown. I heard many tales from people about what happened to them as they drove on Division between Halsted and Larrabee. Scary.

No we did not elect Carter. The Old people did that.

What I am sorry I missed - Woodstock. I have never been a drug user but Woodstock would still have been an education.

With all that was going on in those years they were still heady years and a good time to be young and alive in the USA.

Still don't like the Chicago 7.
Darren

Pleasanton, CA

#17 Jan 3, 2008
What a terrible thing to glorify. You see, in their narcissistic baby-boomer minds, this was their war, and probably their greatest battle (next to that 'Four Dead in Ohio' thing). While the real men were in Vietnam, this trash was killing themselves and tearing down our country because they had such a good upbringing in the 1950's, they had no struggle in which to build their character.
A good example is Jim Morrison. I mean honestly, what was his problem? Middle class background? LA Film School Master Degree program was that tough? So they grew beards, started destroying our country and here we are today. I'm 31, and a Conservative, but the only reason I can vote for Daley is because of his reaction to these 'protestors' and how he backed up his dad when King Daley I ordered them removed. I'll be protesting against the baby-boomer hippies when the movie premieres in Chicago!
Traveler

United States

#18 Jan 3, 2008
Darren wrote:
What a terrible thing to glorify. You see, in their narcissistic baby-boomer minds, this was their war, and probably their greatest battle (next to that 'Four Dead in Ohio' thing). While the real men were in Vietnam, this trash was killing themselves and tearing down our country because they had such a good upbringing in the 1950's, they had no struggle in which to build their character.
A good example is Jim Morrison. I mean honestly, what was his problem? Middle class background? LA Film School Master Degree program was that tough? So they grew beards, started destroying our country and here we are today. I'm 31, and a Conservative, but the only reason I can vote for Daley is because of his reaction to these 'protestors' and how he backed up his dad when King Daley I ordered them removed. I'll be protesting against the baby-boomer hippies when the movie premieres in Chicago!
You are making a judgment about something you have no understanding of and probably never will.

You have no knowledge of how this generation grew up - and never will. The U.S. before these bearded hippies ran amok was a world you would be complaining about more than the one you live in today.

When people have closed minds it is impossible to pry them open and it makes them old before their time -narrow vision and viewpoints.
My Truth Hurts

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 4, 2008
Just to be clear, I am all for civil disobedience when it comes to unjust laws and institutions. I don't believe people on the West Coast "hate" America. If anyone hates Americans and what America stands for it's George W. Bush and his admirers.

What I am tired of hearing about is how great and special the baby boomers think they are and that their drug fueled fantasies didn't change the world for the better. If anything they made it worse for people like me who would have been sympathetic to their views.

They see their past and their role through rose colored glasses. They didn't end the Vietnam war as much as they would like to credit themselves for doing so, and they sat back and did nothing while the GOP dismantled the New Deal and catered to the religious right for the last 30 years.

That's my beef. Not that they protested the government or Daley Senior's police state but that they continue to participate in this circle jerk over the 60's that I have been subjected to since the 80's. Get over the 60's. Things are worse now than ever and your apathy in the 70's contributed to that.
No Name

United States

#20 Jan 4, 2008
Those who criticize the Baby Boomers and make them responsible for today's ills are uninformed about what they speak of. Baby Boomers range in age from late forties to early sixties in age. Do you really believe a Baby boomer born in 1959 had anything to do with the turmoil of the 1960's?

Prior to the era you are criticizing - women died from do-it- yourself abortions - gays stayed in the closet - blacks sat in the back of the bus in the South - there was more inequality in the workplace than there is now - voting age was 21, young men old enough for combat but too young to vote - women who were raped were blamed for it - schools did not have athletic programs for girls - very few women doctors - very few women lawyers - women with college degrees were lucky to get secretarial jobs - no stay-at-home dads - women couldn't get car loans in their own name without a co-signer - women couldn't get mortgages without a co-signer

Yeah, those Baby Boomers made our society much worse.

And did you see the body bags every night on television in full color? We had a lot of fear and sorrow.
Cuban Guy

Wilmington, DE

#21 Jan 4, 2008
Spielberg praised Castro. He makes a movie about the Jewish Holocaust and about the Munich Olympics but fails to recognize victims if they aren't Jewish.

I have one word for Spielberg - the reason those Cuban people are swimming onto shore is because they had to escape Cuba. They aren't allowed to leave and so have to risk life and limb to get out. Doesn't really sound like someone one should praise.

The Jewish community, 60 years after the Holocaust, still obsessed about it but when a Holocaust happens to non-Jews, it is a non-sequitir.

When will Jewish people stop supporting left-wing dictators who murder, jail and impoverish their people? Or are we just to bide our time as that is their goal for us non-Jewish Americans.
incognita

Aurora, MO

#22 Jan 4, 2008
I wonder if Richie will let them make the movie in Chicago, it's so unflattering to his dad.

I was too young to be involved, but I remember asking my parents why the cops were beating people up after seeing it on the news. At first, my mom & dad completely backed up the cops, but as the news came out about what was really a police riot, when Bobby Seale was assassinated by the police and when it came out that the FBI was illegally spying on people and bugging them, their opinion on things did a 180. Not to mention things happening in other parts of the country, like barricading protesters in a building then beating the crap out of them (Madison, WI) or outright shooting them and innocent bystanders that happened in Ohio.

Sasha Cohen is perfect casting for Hoffman, and I think he would approve.

The thing that scares me now is how many of Nixon's former staff are involved with the Bush administration, including Chuck Colson.

There are so many things wrong with the posts above that I don't know where to begin. You all should turn off Faux news, then read a book and study history, you might learn something.
My Truth Hurts

Chicago, IL

#23 Jan 5, 2008
No Name wrote:
Those who criticize the Baby Boomers and make them responsible for today's ills are uninformed about what they speak of. Baby Boomers range in age from late forties to early sixties in age. Do you really believe a Baby boomer born in 1959 had anything to do with the turmoil of the 1960's?
Prior to the era you are criticizing - women died from do-it- yourself abortions - gays stayed in the closet - blacks sat in the back of the bus in the South - there was more inequality in the workplace than there is now - voting age was 21, young men old enough for combat but too young to vote - women who were raped were blamed for it - schools did not have athletic programs for girls - very few women doctors - very few women lawyers - women with college degrees were lucky to get secretarial jobs - no stay-at-home dads - women couldn't get car loans in their own name without a co-signer - women couldn't get mortgages without a co-signer
Yeah, those Baby Boomers made our society much worse.
And did you see the body bags every night on television in full color? We had a lot of fear and sorrow.
Which generation is running the country and big corporations now? Which generation pushes for privatized everything? Which generation is trying to make abortions illegal and gay marriage unconstitutional? Which generation bought into the "me" culture of the 70's and 80's and bought up everything put in front of them and borrowed for everything else? Which generation decides what movies get made and what television shows get produced? It sure ain't the under 50 crowd baby.

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