The Conspirator (2011)
Critic Consensus: The Conspirator is well cast and tells a worthy story, but many viewers will lack the patience for Redford's deliberate, stagebound approach.
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as Frederick Aiken
as Reverdy Johnson
as Anna Surratt
as Edwin Stanton
as Nicholas Baker
as Joseph Holt
as Mary Surratt
as Gen. David Hunter
as William Hamilton
as John Surratt
as John Wilkes Booth
as Louis Weichman
as John Lloyd
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Critic Reviews for The Conspirator
Robert Redford teams with The American Film Company for The Conspirator, a project better left to the History Channel than the big screen.
Wonderfully cast and carefully shot, there's barely a hint of a great filmmaker working with a fraction of his normal budget in this period piece...
If nothing else, this is certain to have a long life playing in middle school history classes for decades to come.
The Conspirator deserves a lot more praise than it got on initial release: yes it is slow in parts and even provocatively tentative, but it is intricately crafted, a wonderful example of precision and attention to detail.
Audience Reviews for The Conspirator
The Conspirator is one of the best true story/historical films I've seen. Nothing needed to have been added or taken from this accurate accounting of events for dramatic purposes. Without exaggeration, this is a legal story like no other; this is much more fascinating than fiction. I thought I knew this story, but I really didn't know the facts at all-just the headlines involving Booth.
Those involved in this project did masterful jobs. Robert Redford crafts a revealing look at the rush to judgement. This tale of scapegoat justice is just as applicable in our time as in 1865. McAvoy and Wilkinson are spectacular, and Robin Wright displays a stoic sort of grace I haven't seen before. I can't imagine another actress capturing this woman's essence any better.
The film portrays the aftermath of Lincolns murder; the trial of those who were caught in the act. However, the focus here is on the defense of Mary Surratt, the mother of one of the suspects who allegedly escapes the crime scene.successfully, The execution of the movie is quite conventional, but its roller-coaster story makes it watchable enough. Of course, it wont be all the same interesting for those of us who are well versed with history (or, for that matter, any subject as far as I'm concerned). The courtroom dramas are usually known for their fiery dialogues/sequences, but there's hardly any here. All these deficiencies, coupled with average performances, doesn't let the movie rise above mediocrity. All in all, its a passable fare. The conspiracy to kill the President followed by the conspiracy to send a seemingly innocent woman to gallows only goes on to prove how aptly the flick is titled. If only it were equally great in other departments too......... 4.5/10
The Conspirator Quotes
|Frederick Aiken:||For the lawyer as well as a soldier, there is an equally imperative command. That duty is to shelter from injustice, the innocent, to protect the weak from oppression and when necessity demands, to rally to the defense of those being wronged...|
|Joseph Holt:||Was this the man? [grabs a head of one of the Conspirators]|
|General David Hunter:||No sir.|
|Joseph Holt:||[he stands stunned, then realizing his mistake, he grabs another conspirator] Was this the man?|
|General David Hunter:||Yes sir.|
|Frederick Aiken:||It's not enough, is it Mr. Holt? It's not enough that you set the rules, you pick the judges. Now you have to turn my witness as well.|
|General David Hunter:||Counselor control yourself.|
|Frederick Aiken:||Control the prosecution! Every witness I wish to call has been turned by jail or the threat of it!|
|General David Hunter:||Counselor I'm warning you...|
|Frederick Aiken:||There is no limit to how far the prosecution is willing to go!|
|General David Hunter:||That's enough!|
|Frederick Aiken:||I'm just upholding my oath as an attorney and doing my job. That's what you asked, that's what you TOLD me to do.|
|Reverdy Johnson:||This quoting me back to me can become most irritating. You have your mother's convictions and your father's annoying habits.|
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