The Conspirator

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • UPC: 031398140627
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,676

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Wright Mary Surratt
James McAvoy Frederick Aiken
Tom Wilkinson Reverdy Johnson
Evan Rachel Wood Anna Surratt
Kevin Kline Edwin Stanton
Alexis Bledel Sarah
Danny Huston Joseph Holt
Justin Long Nicholas Baker
Colm Meaney General David Hunter
James Badge Dale William Hamilton
Johnny Simmons John Surratt
Toby Kebbell John Wilkes Booth
Jonathan Groff Louis Weichman
Stephen Root John Lloyd
Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director, Producer
Gregory Bernstein Original Story
Brian Falk Producer
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan S. Gaynor Sound/Sound Designer
William Holderman Executive Producer, Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Craig McKay Editor
Joe Ricketts Executive Producer
Jeremiah Samuels Executive Producer
Greg Shapiro Producer
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
James D. Solomon Original Story, Screenwriter
Robert Stone Producer
Webster Stone Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Conspirator
1. The Conspirator [7:26]
2. Help, Somebody Help! [9:09]
3. Defend One of the Eight [7:24]
4. Privileged [7:05]
5. Kill Any on Our Own Side? [7:35]
6. Suspicious [9:07]
7. Lincoln's Changed His Plans [6:41]
8. Is She Expecting You? [7:19]
9. Feel That Sun [8:34]
10. Outrun Creation [7:10]
11. But You Can Ignore Me? [9:32]
12. Infatuated [6:44]
13. All Those in Favor [7:37]
14. It's Not Justice, It's Revenge [6:46]
15. May Almighty God Bless You [5:23]
16. End Credits [8:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Conspirator
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Robert Redford: On
      Audio Commentary With Director Robert Redford: Off
      Theatrical Trailer
      The American Film Company
      Also From Lionsgate
   Set up
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
Disc #2 -- The Conspirator / Special Features
   Special Features
      The Conspirator: The Plot to Kill Lincoln (Full-Length 67 Min Documentary)
      The Making of The Conspirator
      TV Spots
      Photo Gallery
      Witness History Features
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         Witness History: Introduction
         The Cospirator
         Production Design
         Mary Surratt's Catholicism
         Costume Design
         Military Trial
         Props and Special Effects
         Frederick Aiken: Defense Lawyer
         Mary Surratt: Guilty or Innocent
         Sentence and Execution
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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Amazing Story with a beautiful picture...

    Everyone knows of the night in which President Lincoln was killed. It was an influential moment that changed America forever; It has to be one of the most well known events in History. Of course, we all also know that John Wilkes Booth shot and killed the President. This movie is the untold History of those who were on trial for killing the President. I am actually quite sad that, for knowing the story of Lincoln's death so well, I never even knew of this crucial part of History. I am so glad someone decided to make this story known! It is the most beautiful historical drama I have ever seen. The picture and camera angles make it seem as though you are apart of what is happening in the movie. The lighting in the movie is also wonderful. I began to cheer for Mary (the woman put on trial for supposedly conspiring against Lincon) in the middle of the movie. During the movie, it was hard to even guess how the outcome of Mary's trial was going to end; I don't want to give away the ending so I won't say more, but you may be surprised. Things that parents or viewers may want to be aware of : There is some violence in the movie that might keep viewers ages 13 and under from being able to fully enjoy this movie. Near the beginning of the movie one of the traitors is shown killing a man in a brutal way by slashing him with a knife. Although you only see the slashed skin a moment before the camera moves away, it is rather intense for young viewers. There is also a hanging at the end that might scare younger viewers. As far as language goes, I believe the only bad word used was the D word. I am so glad to finally be aware of this crucial moment in History, and I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I did.

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