Soon to Be A Major Motion Picture

In Literature on October 28, 2008 at 4:48 pm

“You know what they say about Abbie, if you dont like his mood, wait a minute.”-  Steal This Movie

Abbot Howard Hoffman, “Abbie,” was one of the United States most radical political activists during the 1960’s.  His pioneer ideals and persistence to “the cause” quickly made him a target.  Abbie was beat up, framed, stabbed, and arrested (multiple times) all in the name of freedom.

If you have never heard of the “Chicago 8,” they were protesters on trial in 1968 for anti-Vietnam war protests that took place in Chicago.  Accused of crossing state lines with the intent to riot, a conspiracy trial from the start, Abbie and his fellow comrades used this opportunity to further their support for civil rights, anti war movements and freedom.  Their courtroom antics had no boundaries. They dressed up in judge robes, placed Viet Cong Flags on the defendants table, called the judge by his first name, and refused to back down to the accusations of the court.  It is still one of the most popular courtroom cases of United States history.  

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture is Abbie’s version of an autobiography.  At times, the book feels like a list of Abbie’s personal notes, the way he feels about people, protests he led, wood-stock, and his life.  It never fails to grip your attention; his story is so unbelievable it feels as if he fabricated the entire thing.

Along with the books and movies that are already out, December 2009 adds another film to the mix entitled “The Trial of the Chicago Seven.”  Take your pick and feed your brain.

“I’ve had some good times, had some bad. Took some lumps.  Scored some points.  Half-way through life, at 43, I still say, ‘go for broke.’  No government, no FBI, no judge, no jailer is ever gonna make me say uncle.  Now, as then, let the game continue.  I bet my stake on freedom’s call; I’ll lay these cards with no regrets.(Abbie Hoffman)”


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