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The story of Mary Surratt who was the only woman charged in the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln. The conspirators, including Mary’s son, John, met at her boardinghouse and some of them roomed there. Had they discussed the assassination during those meetings? Did Mary know? Did she conspire with them?
Drama Thriller - This is slow, talky historical courtroom drama about the Lincoln
assassination. Fans of James McAvoy will have plenty to savor though
a number of familiar faces in the cast such as Kevin Kline, Alexis
Bledel, and Justin Long have very small parts. Older moviegoers are
Roger EbertFull Review Good All of this requires a lot of theory, a lot of philosophy and lot of dialogue. Those most interested in American history will probably find "The Conspirator" most valuable.
Washington PostFull Review Above Average Handsomely produced, its characters often bathed in beams of diaphanous, dust-infused light, 'The Conspirator' features outstanding performances in roles that, while drawn from history, have clearly been shaped to resonate with recent public figures.
NY PostFull Review Good Redford also sometimes lets the pace lag over the course of two hours, particularly in the talky courtroom scenes. But director always pulls you back into this well-acted, still timely story.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 83 moviegoers:
TEENS:Mixed reviews. Three loved "The Conspirator" and three only rated it as average. Reading the Movie Type info "This is slow, talky historical courtroom drama" will likely help you know if this is a movie for you.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:With only one review, this isn't going to be much help. You might look at the adult reviews since there are lots of them.
ADULTS:Almost great reviews from both males and females. Approximately half loved "The Conspirator." Most of the rest rated it above average which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much, but didn't quite love. There were a fair number who only rated it average and that's what kept it from having great reviews overall.
In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are
arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and
Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (ROBIN WRIGHT), 42,
owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (TOBY KEBBELL), 26, and others met
and planned the simultaneous attacks.
Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted
lawyer, Frederick Aiken (JAMES McAVOY), a 28-year-old Union war-hero,
reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. 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, John (JOHNNY SIMMONS). As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced
to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.