The Conspirator

Character: Sarah Weston
Directed by: Robert Redford
Written by: James D. Solomon, Gregory Bernstein
Produced by: Brian Falk, Bill Holderman, Robert Redford, Greg Shapiro, Robert Stone
Other cast: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Justin Long, James Badge Dale, Jonathan Groff, Norman Reedus
Release date: 15 April 2011
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Running time: 122 minutes

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.