Robert Redford’s landmark film, THE CONSPIRATOR has run several weeks at downtown theaters. The Grand Cinema bid for it, but initially was denied. Ironically, most of us that saw the film at a cineplex said, “That’s a film that should play at the Grand.” We need to do that more often, for now the Grand Cinema is opening this great movie this Friday, May 6, 2011. Even though this is not a TFC pick for May, I am putting a plug in for it regardless; for two reasons–first of all it is a superb film, researched for years, historically accurate, and dramatically excellent; second, I have been picked to lead the discussion on this film at the Grand Cinema this Saturday, May 7, 2011, following the 2:15 p.m. showing. As usual we meet in the lower mezzanine. Love to see some of you there.
Opening Date: May 6, 2011
In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. 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, John (Johnny Simmons). As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.
You have to give credit to Redford, Wright and McAvoy, and the other filmmakers. Not many films this smart can be made. — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
As the film’s director, Robert Redford eases with hypnotic skill into this tale of justice in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The Conspirator is never less than thought-provoking and illuminating. It’s an answer to those who moan that they don’t make movies like they used to. — Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
See you at the movies! Glenn