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.
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
Robin Wright was initially unavailable to make the film due to personal commitments. Robert Redford delayed production briefly because he really wanted her for the female lead. See more »
The assassination attempt of William Henry Seward is almost totally incorrect. A servant met Lewis Powell, who was pretending to bring Steward medicine, at the door and tried to stop him from entering. Fred told Powell to come back later because his father was asleep. Fanny, who had dark haired, opened the door to tell Fred that their father was awake. Fred 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 exposing his brain. Powell entered the dark room and shoved Fanny aside as she tried to stop him from attacking Seward. He began stabbing Seward, whose jaw splint deflected the blows somewhat, saving his life. Seward 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 »
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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I had the pleasure of viewing this film at a press screening recently, as well as hearing an interesting Q&A afterwords. I was very impressed with this film.
I've read extensively about the topic of the Lincoln assassination, and came into the theatre expecting another Hollywood style period piece, one that minces facts and creates story lines where there are none. I came out feeling very contented, and a little teary. This movie is very well acted and truly conveys the emotion felt by the characters in history, unlike some civil war films.
This movie truly is about the struggle between justice and country. I won't give much away, but the emotional conflicts in this film are very deep and strong. I was very surprised at James Mcavoy's handling of the character, and more so his good American accent :D. Robin Wright and other supporting cast are also superb. Do see this movie when it comes out! It's a fantastic drama that will keep you at the edge of your seat, mixed in with fantastic period details. Any fan of American history and the civil war will enjoy this.
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