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Title:
The conspirator
Author:
Redford, Robert, producer, director.
Edition:
2-disc collector's edition.
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Films, [2011 c2010]

©2011 c2010
Physical Description:
1 videodiscs (approximately 122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 bonus disc.
Summary:
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 lone woman 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, a 28-year-old Union war hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military 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 manhunt--her own son.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2010.
Language:
English
Contents:
Conspirator -- Help, somebody help! -- Defend one of the eight -- Privileged -- Kill any on our own side? -- Suspicious -- Lincoln's changed his plans -- Is she expecting you? -- Feel that sun -- Outrun creation -- But you can ignore me? -- Infatuated -- All those in favor -- It's not justice, it's revenge -- May almighty God bless you -- End credits

Conspirator : Mary Surratt and the plot to kill Lincoln / Making of "The conspirator" Witness history : "The conspirator"
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for some violent content.
UPC:
031398140627
Format :
DVD

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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi