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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frederick Aiken
... Mary Surratt
... Edwin Stanton
... Anna Surratt
... Reverdy Johnson
... Nicholas Baker
... Joseph Holt
... William Hamilton
... General Hunter
... Sarah Weston
... John Surratt
... John Wilkes Booth
... Louis Weichmann
... John Lloyd
... Justice Wylie
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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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15 April 2011 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,509,048, 17 April 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,538,204, 11 September 2011
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The wiring around Seward's face is the result of a recent carriage accident. See more »

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In the film, the conspirators are kept in a prison miles from Washington. They were actually held in the Old Capitol Prison, the site of the current Supreme Court, in the center of town. 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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Weeping, Sad and Lonely
or "When This Cruel World Is Over"
Words by Charles C. Sawyer
Music by Henry Tucker
Arranged and Performed by Curtis Roush
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a terrific film with a small weakness
24 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

I was reluctant to see "The Conspirator" because it has racked up a critical consensus of a kind I dislike: the film is said to be cold-hearted, and to make political points with a heavy hand. Neither of these, happily, turns out to be true. The film is utterly impassioned, and its interest for today is nicely noted without being too underlined. Nearly every element one wants in a great film is there: visual beauty, strong acting, fine pacing, stirring and well-made music. But there is a flaw. The creators have taken their creation too seriously. There's not a shaft of levity or humor anywhere. A requirement for great art is thereby missed. It doesn't matter how somber the subject is supposed to be. King Lear has his fool; even Wagner's ultra-dark Ring cycle has its powerful currents of humor. It's got to be there; otherwise, the whole organism suffers. I think this is the weakness to which reviewers have responded, even if none of them has precisely named it. On that ground, the film falls short of greatness; but in every other respect it approaches or achieves greatness. "The Conspirator" is hugely recommendable and I will certainly see it again.


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