'The Conspirator' -- 2 stars

<b>PG-13; 2:02 running time</b><br>
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Three days after <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002241" title="Abraham Lincoln" href="/topic/politics-government/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/abraham-lincoln-PEHST002241.topic">Abraham Lincoln</a> was assassinated, Washington, D.C., boarding house owner Mary Surratt, along with seven others, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to kill the president. This story is told through the eyes of one righteous man up against a stacked deck full of stony, steely faces determined to give a bloodthirsty post-Civil War public a scapegoat. Heartbreakingly average, director <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003497" title="Robert Redford" href="/topic/entertainment/robert-redford-PECLB003497.topic">Robert Redford</a>'s <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011268" title="The Conspirator (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/the-conspirator-%28movie%29-ENMV0011268.topic">"The Conspirator"</a> errs in the way so many films do, especially films about unsung pieces of American history. It focuses on the wrong character — in this case the white male, i.e. the "bankable" one, instead of the person the story's really about.<br>
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( April 14, 2011 )

PG-13; 2:02 running time

Three days after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, Washington, D.C., boarding house owner Mary Surratt, along with seven others, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to kill the president. This story is told through the eyes of one righteous man up against a stacked deck full of stony, steely faces determined to give a bloodthirsty post-Civil War public a scapegoat. Heartbreakingly average, director Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" errs in the way so many films do, especially films about unsung pieces of American history. It focuses on the wrong character — in this case the white male, i.e. the "bankable" one, instead of the person the story's really about.

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