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The Conspirator - Preview

The Conspirator

Preview by Jack Foley

ESTEEMED British actor and Golden Globe® nominee* James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) leads a stellar cast including Kevin Kline (Wild Wild West), Robin Wright (Unbreakable) and Tom Wilkinson (Shakespeare in Love) in Robert Redford’s compelling drama, The Conspirator.

Based on the true story and dramatic real life trial of those accused of the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln, audiences will be gripped by this fascinating and tragic period in American history.

Stunning cinematography and a haunting score are amplified by state-of-the-art Blu-ray™ and DVD technology which evoke the steely atmosphere of the American courtroom in 1865 perfectly.

McAvoy stars as Fred Aiken, an eager, newly qualified Yankee lawyer in this dramatic film, set within the ominous backdrop of post Civil War Washington.

Aiken is convinced by his mentor Reverdy Johnson (Wilkinson) to act as defense lawyer for Mary Surratt (Wright), the only female accused of being involved in Lincoln’s assassination, and the focus of a tense struggle between justice and duty.

The Conspirator features incredible bonus content which will transport you back to 1865 America, including an audio commentary from Robert Redford himself, a behind-the-scenes making-of feature and a series of specially created ‘Witness History’ featurettes, which give an in-depth insight into this fascinating story – from both in front of and behind the cameras.

The Blu-ray™ also features an absorbing 66 minute featurette on the plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln.

Capturing the tone and mood of the era wonderfully, The Conspirator will provoke you to consider the fragility of human rights in desperate circumstances.

Bring history to life on October 24 when The Conspirator arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD. ©2010 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 122mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: October 24, 2011