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The Conspirator (2010)

 -  Crime | Drama | History  -  15 April 2011 (USA)
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Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

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In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, 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, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, 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. Written by Anonymous

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One bullet killed the President. But not one man.

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Crime | Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for some violent content | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,509,048 (USA) (15 April 2011)

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$11,538,204 (USA) (9 September 2011)
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The look of the film was influenced by early photographs of the period, many of which tried to introduce elements of color over sepia. Director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel attempted to emulate that look whilst restricting the use of bright, artificial light. See more »

Goofs

Almost the entirety of the assassination attempt of William Henry Seward is incorrect. Lewis Powell, pretending to be bringing medicine, was met at the door by a servant who tried to stop him from entering. Fred, hearing this, also attempted to stop Powell, telling him to come back later because his father was asleep. Fanny (who was dark haired) opened the door to tell Fred that their father was awake. He closed the door on her and turned back to Powell who shot at his head. The gun misfired and he bashed Fred's skull in, leaving a hole and the brain exposed. He then entered the room and shoved Fanny aside as she tried to stop him from attacking Henry. He began stabbing Henry, the jaw splint deflecting the blows somewhat, saving his life. Henry managed to roll off the bed and under it before losing consciousness. Gus and the soldier nurse entered and fought with Powell, who stabbed both about 7 times each before fleeing the scene. See more »

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Frederick Aiken: Two men standing at the Pearly Gates. The first man says, "How'd you die?" Second says, "I froze to death. How 'bout you?" And the, uh, second man says, "Well, I thought my... my wife was being unfaithful to me, so I ran all the way home. And burst into the bedroom. She just..."
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Dreams of Happier Days
Arranged by Linden L. Parr, 1864
Performed by Kelli Horton
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Amazing Story!
6 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw the film for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and I must say that I thought it was Fantastic!! I couldn't believe that this was a true story, given that I had never heard of Mary Surrat or the trials that happened after the assassination of Lincoln. As far as performances go, James McAvoy and Robin Wright were outstanding. Robin brought such grace and poise to the role, I just wish she was on screen more!! I thought Redford did a great job transporting his audience back to one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Overall a great cinematic feat. Thank you "The Conspirator" for bringing such an interesting story to light!!


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