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Rated PG-13 · 121 minutes · 2011

Historical drama, Thriller
Although she didn’t pull the trigger, Mary Surratt was one of several people who stood trial for plotting to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. In fact, John Wilkes Booth may have been the only one involved who avoided a day in court. In The Conspirator, Surratt’s trial takes center stage—or perhaps center ring at the circus. Defended by young attorney Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), Surratt (Robin Wright) awaits what appears to be a preordained sentence as her case plays out for show in a military tribunal. It’s an interesting slice of history that has some problems getting started and loses its flavor at the end. In the middle, while Aiken emphatically carves out his case for the accused, director Robert Redford demonstrates that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve—just not enough of them to mask the film’s shortcomings.


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Official Site: www.conspiratorthemovie.com
Director: Robert Redford
Producer: Robert Redford, Greg Shapiro, Bill Holderman, Brian Falk, Robert Stone, Joe Ricketts, Jeremiah Samuels and Webster Stone
Cast: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Wood, Danny Huston, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Justin Long, Colm Meaney, James Badge Dale, Johnny Simmons, Toby Kebbell, Jonathan Groff and Stephen Root

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Indy Week Redford's studious but inert Lincoln film, The Conspirator The film's opening act is a well-crafted recounting of the conspiracy, and Redford's attention to detail is impressive throughout, but we're left puzzling over the figures at the center of the diorama. by Neil Morris 04/13/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, April 15 Singing cartoon parrots, presidential assassinations and one more reason to Scream, it's all at the movies. by James Ady 04/15/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Bill of wrongs: The Conspirator The one thing a movie with a bleeding heart should not be is bloodless, and this one almost is. by Jonathan Kiefer 04/14/2011
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The Coast Halifax The Conspirator a stirring history lesson Director Robert Redford's civil war drama relevant to our era by Matt Semansky 05/15/2011
Portland Mercury Lincoln Liars The Conspirator: It was John Wilkes Booth in the boarding house with a candlestick! by Jamie S. Rich 04/14/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'The Conspirator' Despite a strong lead performance by Robin Wright and a well-intentioned plot, The Conspirator ends up a stiff, stagey mass. by Ed Johnson-Ott 04/20/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Conspirator, Rio, Scream 4 04/14/2011
East Bay Express The Conspirator The Sundance Kid revisits the Civil War. by Kelly Vance 04/13/2011

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