Jul 042012
 

Robert Redford’s The Conspirator is an engaging and suspenseful—if at times heavy-handed—historical courtroom docudrama about the trial of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a woman accused of aiding and abetting John Wilkes Booth and other Confederate sympathizers in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Representing her is lawyer Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), an ex-soldier from the Union side. Though Booth will probably be well known to those with even a smattering of U.S. history under their belt, I suspect Surratt’s name will be less familiar (at least so it was for this viewer).

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