"SKOKIE," Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. (2) (8)--This topical 2 1/2-hour CBS movie premiered nearly four years ago. Yet its message--reaffirming Americans' right of free speech and assembly--is timeless.
The story works on two levels, as drama and as an important statement of the sanctity of constitutionally guaranteed legal rights.
Although "Skokie" takes some factual liberties, it is essentially a faithful account of a volatile 1977-78 controversy sparked by a tiny American Nazi group's announced intention to demonstrate in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, whose heavy concentration of Jews included a number of Hitler death camp survivors.
The city of Skokie reacted by trying to block the march in court and by enacting a number of ordinances banning Nazis from demonstrating there, claiming that the Nazis would cause anguish to the city's residents and have a potentially explosive result.