PRESIDENCY ON SCREEN: Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator”

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President,the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. Asthe whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

 

The Conspirator (2011) directed by Robert Redford and Starring James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Robin Wright,Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Justin Long, Norman Reedus, and Danny Huston

Release Date: 15 April 2011 (USA)

 

Official Trailer:

Plot:

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lonewoman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before amilitary tribunal. As the trial unfolds, 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 man hunt, her own son.

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Prison Courtyard :


Surratt Boardinghouse :


Robert Redford screens The Conspirator at TIFF 2010 :



The Conspirator press conference at TIFF’10 :



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