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The Conspirator (2010)

PG-13  |   |  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.


Crime | Drama | History

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

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Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El conspirador  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$11,538,204 (USA) (9 September 2011)

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The wiring around Secretary of State Seward's face is the result of a recent carriage accident. See more »


When Secretary of State William Seward is stabbed in his bed, the room is shown as being brightly lit. According to historical accounts, though, the room was quite dark, which accounts for Lewis Payne's failure to kill Seward; he missed hitting any vital areas with his knife because he simply could not see his target very well in the dark room. In addition, the elderly Seward was very thin, almost literally 'all skin and bones,' which caused Payne's thrusts to miss their mark. See more »


[first lines]
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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Weeping, Sad and Lonely
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Words by Charles C. Sawyer
Music by Henry Tucker
Arranged and Performed by Curtis Roush
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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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