The Conspirator

One bullet killed the President. But not one man.


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, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged owned the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. A fresh young lawyer reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. He realises that his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and a hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt: her son.

121 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence).
Drama, Period piece, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Danny Huston
Director
Robert Redford
ScreenplayJames D. Solomon, Gregory Bernstein
MusicMark Isham
CinematographyNewton Thomas Sigel
EditingCraig McKay
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2010
Produced byThe American Film Company, Wildwood Enterprises

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreHistorical, drama
LanguageInfrequent and mild
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceOccasional, some bloodiness. One particularly disturbing scene focused on preparations for hanging.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseAlchohol, mild, infrequent
CommentsThis film is based on the trial of conspirators who assassinated Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
1
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
2
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer quote iconPolitics vs power of attorney
10
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconSpporadies goed, maar kort emosie
15
Box Office
Pete Hammond quote iconA thriller that's riveting from start to finish.
13
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThose most interested in American history will probably find The Conspirator most valuable. Those who want a historical romance or a courtroom potboiler will be disappointed. You have to give credit to Redford, Wright and McAvoy, and the other filmmakers. Not many films this smart can be made.
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs
10
Metacritic.com
37 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
156 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe Conspirator is well cast and tells a worthy story, but many viewers will lack the patience for Redford's deliberate, stagebound approach.
11
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
11

What the People say

Internet
1969 Netizens quote iconAn eye-opening film, with an exemplary ensemble cast
14

Average .. 61%

12

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