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The Conspirator Details

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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

  • Release date:April 15, 2011

Cast

Robin Wright
as Mary Surratt
James McAvoy
as Frederick Aiken
Tom Wilkinson
as Reverdy Johnson
Evan Rachel Wood
as Anna Surratt
Kevin Kline
as Edwin Stanton
Alexis Bledel
as Sarah
Danny Huston
as Joseph Holt
Justin Long
as Nicholas Baker
Colm Meaney
as General David Hunter
James Badge Dale
as William Hamilton
Johnny Simmons
as John Surratt
Toby Kebbell
as John Wilkes Booth
Jonathan Groff
as Louis Weichman
Stephen Root
as John Lloyd

Crew

Robert Redford
Director
Robert Redford
Producer
Robert Stone
Producer
William Holderman
Producer
Greg Shapiro
Producer
Gregory Bernstein
Screen Story
Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Craig McKay
Editor
Kalina Ivanov
Production Designer
William Holderman
Executive Producer
Webster Stone
Executive Producer
Jeremiah Samuels
Executive Producer
Louise Frogley
Costume Designer
Jonathan S. Gaynor
Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman
Casting
Richard Schoen
Costumes Supervisor
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