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The Conspirator

PG-13| 2 hr. 1 min.

Plot Summary
Following the assassination of President Lincoln, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill Lincoln, the vice president and the secretary of state. Lawyer Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) reluctantly agrees to defend the lone woman, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), who owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met to plan their crimes. Aiken realizes that Mary may be innocent and being used as bait to capture her son, a suspect who is still at large.

Cast: James McAvoy , Robin Wright , Kevin Kline , Evan Rachel Wood , Danny Huston , Tom Wilkinson , Alexis Bledel , Justin Long

Director: Robert Redford

Genres: Historical drama, Thriller

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

The Conspirator (2010)

Release Date: April 15th, 2011|2 hr. 1 min.

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  • The film pivots on McAvoy's powerfully implosive performance as a man trying to grow beyond his own prejudices. His scenes with Wright, under Redford's nuanced guidance, give this film its timely resonance and its grieving heart. show more

  • It's precisely that fear that Redford sets out to explore. The Conspirator is all about the un-American things Americans can do when feeling collectively threatened. show more

  • Like most other members of an excellent cast that includes James McAvoy, Kevin Kline and Tom Wilkinson, she (Robin Wright) has come under the deadening directorial hand of Robert Redford. show more

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  • February 16, 2012 cindelenyc
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    I thought it was really good. (And nice to learn some history from a film that\'s also entertaining)

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  • December 03, 2011 Denis
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    I loved it. Redford did a great job. Need more movies like this.

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