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The Conspirator

Featuring: Evan Rachel Wood, James McAvoy & Alexis Bledel

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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  Excellent courtroom drama

| | See all Gavmundo's reviews (42)

First class courtroom drama centering around the assassination plot that resulted in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Excellent cast and script. Deliberately slow but still gripping and the setting of post Civil War America really makes for an interesting movie. A steal for the price.

  The Conspirator

| | See all Kevin1075's reviews (754)

Not widely released in the UK - I tried to catch a screening of it but found it played for only a very short time at my cinema - Robert Redford's latest drama is a slow, but eventually perfectly watchable historical drama.

Based on the story of Mary Surrat (Robin Wright Penn), the only women to be tried in connection to the conspiracy around the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the trial lawyer (James McAvoy) assigned to defend her, the film is a well made piece that fans of the era/historical stories or even simply a good courtroom drama should appreciate.

Not knowing a great deal about Mary Surrat herself, I find it hard to tell the degree of accuracy the film truly has over the version of her story depicted here, but setting that aside, the story itself is a worthwhile one to spend a couple of hours in the company of. Though the film certainly flows at it's own pace.

The extras package is adequate, with a commentary and a batch of featurettes about the making of the film and the characters central to the story.

  understated gem

| | See all atthemovies's reviews (112)

cracking little film released without fuss, this film will be overlooked by many and they will be missing a gem, american civil war is over and a country rejoices, but not all share the joy, southerners determined to continue the fight have assinated lincoln arrests have been made, among them a women accussed of aiding the assassins. the story centres around her trial. superb acting all round, everything about this film captures the period from uniforms, damp dirty prison, dark courtroom and the manner of the people portrayed. history fans will enjoy immensely, well worth a watch , particularly at current price.

  Intriguing Slow-burner

| | See all beelzie14's reviews (29)

Good film - slow burner but I thought that the pacing was spot on for what is an historical period drama. I never even knew about the intrigue behind Lincoln's assassination so this was a learning experience for me. Great to see Robin Wright Penn and Toby Kebbell in a film again - great, undervalued actors of the current film generation.
Highly recommended.