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The Conspirator [Collector's Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2010]


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    Special Features

    • Disc one:
    • Audio commentary with director Robert Redford
    • Introduction to The American Film Company
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Disc two:
    • Feature-length documentary: "The Conspirator" The Plot to Kill Lincoln"
    • The making of The Conspirator
    • 10 "Witness History" featurettes on the historical background and making of the film
    • Photo gallery
    • TV spots
    • Closed Captioned


    The Conspirator
    Robert Redford focuses on the chaotic moment in history directly following President Lincoln's assassination to tell the story of the proud mother charged with committing the monumental crime, and the ambitious young lawyer who reluctantly becomes her defense attorney. The Civil War has ended, and upon returning home, Union War hero Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) endeavors to enter the world of politics by establishing himself as a lawyer. Though a high-society ball provides Aiken with the unique opportunity to gain an audience with standing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Kevin Kline), history intervenes when John Wilkes Booth fires the fateful bullet that ends the president's life. The nation is soon engulfed in turmoil as a massive manhunt for Booth's collaborators commences, leading lawmen to Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), whose son John has become a prime suspect, yet remains dubiously out of reach. Meanwhile, as the American public cries out for justice, former attorney general Reverdy Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) persuades Aiken to act as Mrs. Surratt's defense lawyer, and the mounting pressure both in and out of the courtroom begins to weigh on the conflicted barrister's conscience as the pressure turns up on John to give himself up, and save his mother from paying for his crime in the gallows. Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, and Justin Long co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Robin Wright
      Robin Wright - Mary Surratt
    • James McAvoy
      James McAvoy - Frederick Aiken
    • Tom Wilkinson
      Tom Wilkinson - Reverdy Johnson
    • Evan Rachel Wood
      Evan Rachel Wood - Anna Surratt
    • Kevin Kline
      Kevin Kline - Edwin Stanton

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It’s simply a great view that’s historically accur

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      This film represents a superb attempt for period authenticity – the dress, the speech, the lighting, the food, the exterior and interior décor of home and government buildings – they got-it-right. Filmed in and around historic district of Savannah, Georgia, set the pallet of the time which made the story-line even more believable – thus its’ pleasurable view. This movie tells the account of the relationship between Frederick Aiken, the Attorney, and Mary Surratt, the defendant, and the story opens with the assassination of Lincoln and the immediate capture of John Wilks Booth and co-conspirators. Both Robin Wrights and James McAvoy’s performances were spectacular as well as Tom Wilkerson’s – Senator Reverdy Johnson, Maryland. This story speaks to the defense of Mary Surratt who owned the boarding house that some of the conspirators either lived-in or frequented.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Really great historically based movie

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      When I first started watching this movie, I though that it was based upon the outcome of a major tragedy in our country. But this opened up to underlying conspiracy, mainly centered around a woman in whom there was a lot of reasonable doubt on whether or not she participated. And the outcome of that was a black mark on our legal system. A historical documentary can also be found in the extras. Great film for history classes.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent film worth seeing

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      Anyone who is a fan of history would love this film. Definitely worth seeing. Great performances from the leads—James McAvoy and Robin Wright—as well as the supporting cast—Justin Long and Norman Reedus.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Overlooked Gem

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      For folks who love historical based features, this one is superb. Acting and production was fantastic.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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