The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972)





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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.


Ed Flanders
as Father Daniel Berrigan
Douglass Watson
as Father Philip Berrigan
Peter Strauss
as Thomas Lewis
Gwen Arner
as Marjorie Melville
Barton Heyman
as John Hogan
Mary Jackson
as Witness
Richard Jordan
as George Mische
Nancy Malone
as Mary Moylan
Donald Moffat
as Thomas Melville
Davis Roberts
as Prosecutor
Leon Russom
as David Darst
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Critic Reviews for The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Its true success is that it works on many levels -- as courtroom drama, as a contemporary document, as a statement of conscience and, perhaps most important, as a challenge to your own courage when you witness that of the Catonsville Nine.

December 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The actors, most of them familiar from countless television performances. are solidly dependable.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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