''The Conspirator'' is a 2011 film directed by Creator/RobertRedford about the assassination of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and the trial of the conspirators. Creator/RobinWright stars as Mary Surratt, whose degree of culpability has remained controversial ever since 1865.

!!This film contains examples of

* AuthorTract: Robert Redford's view of the War on Terror and such practices as indefinite detention and military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay is very, very apparent.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Very accurate in its depiction of events. The primary departure is in the character of Aiken. The real Aiken was 55 years old at the time of the trial and a Democratic Party activist that had strong Southern sympathies. He also had a co-counsel named John W. Clampitt who helped him at the trial after Johnson stepped aside. Additionally, there is little evidence that Stanton strong-armed the commission into returning a death sentence against Surratt.
* ClearMyName: Mary Surratt.
* DisregardThatStatement
* {{Frameup}} / FramingTheGuiltyParty: Aiken believes that witnesses are fabricating their testimony and the government is coercing people into testifying against Surratt. But the film doesn't really take a position on whether or not Surratt actually knew of the murder plot on April 14.
* GaussianGirl[=/=]HolyBacklight: All over the place, especially in the courtroom scenes. If someone's wearing a white shirt, they're so glowy that it's kind of distracting.
* HangingJudge: Hanging Secretary of War, actually, in Edwin Stanton, who controlled the trial.
* HopeSpot: A writ of habeas corpus! Yay!
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt Aiken learns information from his questioning in the first days of the case by accident.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Stanton's view on the whole affair. For him, [[TheNeedsOfTheMany restoring the peace of the nation is more important than the rights of a few Rebels.]]
* KangarooCourt: The defense certainly believes the military tribunal that conducts the trial to be this.
* OhCrap: Aiken's reaction after several witnesses, including one of his own, lie on the stand.
* PetTheDog: Stanton refusing to leave Lincoln's bedside after the assassination, clutching the dying President's hand. However monstrous Stanton's actions later on, it's almost understandable given how shaken he is.
* PunchClockVillain: Holt, the prosecutor.
* ShownTheirWork: Many things are amazingly accurate. If you look closely, you'll notice that Mary Suratt's noose had less knots in it than the other conspirators. This was, in real-life, because the man tying the nooses expected her sentence to be commuted to life in prison at the last minute, and didn't want to waste his time making a proper noose that would never be used.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Sen. Johnson is seen working on a chess problem at his desk.
* WantedPoster: The real one, with the pictures of the actors substituted.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Secretary Stanton.
* WhamLine: Aiken, [[spoiler:looking out of the window at the gallows: "There should only be three."]] Even if you know what's coming because of history, it's still a chilling moment.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So did Fred break up with that girlfriend of his or not?
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