• The Conspirator (2011)

The Conspirator

Release Date: April 15th, 2011

DVD Release Date: August 16th, 2011

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

Production Co: The American Film Company

Keywords: Tense, Emotional, Fall, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 20
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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

  • 60
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    Historical records being what they are, the filmmakers are forced to speculate about certain things, but where facts are known they generally adhere to them. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    This provocative account of a war-weary administration that denied Surratt her right to a fair trial starts slow but builds momentum in the scenes with Wright and Evan Rachel Wood as Surratt's flinty daughter, Anna. show more

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