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"The Conspirator" with Robin Wright, James McAvoy

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.

REVIEWS:

Roger Ebert Full Review
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.

Chicago Tribune Full Review 
Unlike 'The Assassin's Accomplice,' the book that inspired 'The Conspirator,' the movie's so intent on treating Surratt with dignity and restraint it fails to make her interesting.

CAST:

Robin Wright SHE'S SO LOVELY
James McAvoy GNOMEO AND JULIET, THE LAST STATION, WANTED
Kevin Kline NO STRINGS ATTACHED, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, TRADE
Evan Rachel Wood WHATEVER WORKS, THE WRESTLER, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Tom Wilkinson GREEN HORNET, DUPLICITY, VALKYRIE, ROCKNROLLA

Dir/Prod: Robert Redford LIONS FOR LAMBS, THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE



Wednesday, December 14, 2011