My Review of the Movie, “The Conspirator.”


                                                                                

The movie, “The Conspirator,” tells the tale of a time when President Lincoln was assassinated and the following court hearing to determine who would be held responsible for such a dastardly deed.  As I watched, mainly for the insight on this historic event, which has some quite graphic violence included initially, I became glued to my television with the unfolding of all that occurred at that time.  My interest escalated as the higher political characters resorted to holding a woman accountable as a major conspirator to this tragic affair, and my anger soared as I witnessed the portrayal of a very dysfunctional judicial system such as it existed back in the day.  As I continued to watch this incredible movie, produced by Robert Redford, my blood began to boil as I observed the shenanigans’ of the higher powers that be, for that time, in the way they manipulated events to be brought to a conclusion that had nothing to do with true justice or the way our forefathers intended true justice to evolve.  Not wanting to give away all that took place in this incredibly powerful movie of historic events, such adverse coercion and manipulation, apart from what the facts determinately showed, reminded me of current times.  I can’t reiterate how many times I have received stories of injustice, violation of civil rights, and unethical familiarities that have led to legal and judicial decisions that had nothing to do with the evidence presented, the testimonies given, or the truth of what actually existed.  Sadly, in this movie, with each witness that presented themselves on the stand, coerced by the prosecutor to say that which they desired to hear, apart from what the truth actually was, poor Mary Surratt took the fall, as no more than an example, for a son so despicable that he wouldn’t step forward to save his mother and take the blame for which he was justly worthy of.  Leaving, probably, the only truth-seeking, defending, attorney that ever existed, to wallow in a shattered life as a result of his committment to fighting for what he truly believed was, and appeared to be, the truth, Mary Surratt’s innocence.    This is a truly great movie, produced by one of our greatest actors ever, but it tells of horrors that continue to exist in our judicial and legal system today.

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