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The Conspirator (2011)

The Conspirator

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

April 15, 2011

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

122 min.

Studio

Roadside Attractions

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Robert Redford

Producer

Robert Redford, Bill Holderman, Greg Shapiro, Brian Peter Falk, Robert Stone, Webster Stone

Screenwriter

James D. Solomon

Starring

Story


In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John. As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Robert Redford
World Premiere of The "The Conspirator" - Arrivals
Apr 10, 2011
Kevin Kline
World Premiere of The "The Conspirator" - Arrivals
Apr 10, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..is stiff-jointed and dull..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..the characters are written as symbols; the actors give them unexpected life..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]
“.."The Conspirator" is first, last and always a political drama, and, Wright's performance aside, it is the play of events of history that most holds our interest..”
by Kenneth Turan [LA Times]