The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, Docudrama, Political Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Paul Brenner

Father Daniel Berrigan, at the height of the Vietnam War, was arrested along with eight other protesters (including his brother Philip) in Baltimore in 1968, for burning draft records. Berrigan later penned a didactic play, based upon the incident, which was the basis for this film. The motives behind the Vietnam War protesters are examined during their trial, but the plea for individual responsibility and personal action concerning the war is rejected by the judge, and the Nine are found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment.



activism, anti-war, courtroom, draft-dodger, ideals, one-against-odds, protester, trial [courtroom], vandal