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Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Historical Movie Alert - The Conspirator

I don't know if any of you have heard of this movie of not, I haven't seen any previews for it but I did see the movie poster up when I went to see Water for Elephants.  The Conspirator was released April 15, 2011, so you should still be able to catch it in theatres for a little while.  Here is some background info.

The Conspirator is the first film from The American Film Company.  According to their website, their mission is: "founded on the belief that real life is often more compelling than fiction, The American Film Company produces feature films about incredible, true stories from America's past. Central to the company's filmmaking will be prominent historians, assuring that each production remains true to the history from which it is drawn."

Isn't this exactly what we are always saying we want to see?!  Reality is sometimes so much more interesting than the drama filmmakers try to create?

As I said, The Conspirator is their first film, here is the movie description:

"In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.

Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son.

A suspenseful thriller with action throughout, The Conspirator tells the true story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family and the man who risked everything to save her."

There are also pretty well known actors in this film: Robin Wright, Alexis Bledel, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood and Justin Long among others.  I am going to try to get to see this film - hopefully.  It sounds very interesting.  I also thought it was pretty cool that the premiere was held in Washington D.C. at the Ford Theatre (how appropriate!).

Here is the trailer for The Conspirator:

You can also visit The Conspirator website for additional information about the film and where it is playing.  The American Film Company has two other films in development right now - The Arsenal (about John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry) and Midnight Riders (about Paul Revere's ride).

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  1. I saw the previews for this movie and was super excited. The Civil War was my first historical fiction love, and this is super exciting!!!

  2. Sounds really good.

  3. I have seen the previews. I was in Savannah, GA over New Year's and a tour guide was pointing out to us a few places where they filmed this movie. So some of the locations that are supposed to be in DC were really filmed in Savannah!

  4. Allison - I have never been a huge fan of the Civil War (in terms of the actual war part), but I have always liked looking at the political atmosphere and consequences of the war.

    Lady Q - Oh that is cool!

  5. I'll have to look for this one. However, I doubt it will be shown in our area. The market isn't large enough. Will have to look for it when it comes out on DVD. I agree completely that the real story is often more interesting than the fiction. I like the sound of the films they are working on.

  6. Librarypat - I was surprised that it is showing around here - but they had it at one of our national chain theatres.


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