The Trial of the Chicago 7 has been one of the most dominant forces on the awards circuit this season, picking up its fair share of nominations from practically every major group, including the SAGs and the Golden Globes. We are sure to see it mentioned many times when the Oscar nominations are announced next month, and there’s a possibility that it could even win the big prize itself. Our own rave review here on the site attests to its quality.
Today, February 18th, 2021, marks the 51st anniversary of the day that the trial verdict was read, and to commemorate the occasion, Netflix has made Aaron Sorkin’s film available to watch globally on YouTube for 48 hours, free of charge. This means that even if you don’t have a Netflix subscription, you now have the opportunity to see this award-winning film, and catch up on what all of the buzz is about.
In an announcement video on YouTube, Sorkin and cast members Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael Keaton, and more discussed the trial on this anniversary date to remind audiences of the power of this story, and its significance to the times we’re living in today.
In a written statement, Sorkin said, “Since my initial introduction fourteen years ago, my relationship to the story of The Trial of the Chicago 7 has changed significantly. When we began shooting last winter, we knew the story we were telling was not only an important chapter of American history, but was plenty relevant to current events. We certainly didn’t need it to get more relevant, but it did. To commemorate the anniversary of the verdict in this historic trial, we’ve made the film available on YouTube for 48 hours starting Friday, February 19th at 12:00am PT, remembering the real patriots who inspired a generation – actually, generations – to take to the streets and uphold the foundations of our US Constitution, along with the courageous voices that continue to do so today. It’s our honor to share their story with the world.”
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (which we spoke to Sorkin about here) will be available to watch on Netflix’s YouTube channel globally free of charge for 48 hours beginning at 12:00am PST on Friday, February 19th.