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CastEvan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Tom Wilkinson, James McAvoy, Danny Huston, Kevin Kline, Norman Reedus, Alexis Bledel, Robin Wright
DirectorRobert Redford
Genre:  Drama
Release Date:  15 April 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterJames D. Solomon
Runtime:  123 min
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review by . April 25, 2011
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One of the darkest moments in American history would have to be the assassination of Pres. Abraham Lincoln. Even when I was a child, the event was taught to me as a part of grade-school history and often discussed by my father since he was a judge. It was such a tragic event that invoked the fury of a nation and affected many who had lived during that era. Robert Redford’s films have always managed tightly-woven tales of intrigue and suspense that depended on very meticulous storytelling, …
review by . September 28, 2011
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When I went to see this movie I knew nothing about it. The trailer merely indicated a period courtroom drama starring James McAvoy.     While I would hesitate to call it one of the best movies of the year, undoubtedly this movie or more precisely the story this movie relates impacted me more deeply than most do. So much so that I have bought several books on the subject to get as full an understanding of this event as possible.     As an experienced director …
review by . April 24, 2011
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Star Rating:         Robert Redford’s The Conspirator is in part the story of Mary Surratt, who in 1865 was tried and convicted in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. She ultimately became the first woman to be executed by the United States federal government. Although she owned the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and several other people – including her son, also named John – were accused of hatching a scheme to first kidnap then murder …
review by . May 17, 2011
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The Conspirator is an historical drama that transcends its historical setting to surface some very basic ethical questions.  But at the same time, it is a well-made and interesting depiction of the events surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  I have read a number of books on the subject over the years, so I was pleased to see the events portrayed with such detail and accuracy.  From an historical perspective, it does a great job of depicting the political and …
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