The Lincoln Conspiracy

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"Secrets Kept Hidden for 100 Years Are Now Revealed"
  • G
  • 1977
  • 5.8  (168)

The Lincoln Conspiracy from 1977 is a historical drama film that explores the conspiracy behind President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Directed by James L. Conway, the movie features a talented cast, including Bradford Dillman, John Dehner, and John Anderson. The Lincoln Conspiracy opens with John Wilkes Booth (played by John Anderson) visiting a tavern where he meets with his co-conspirators to plan the assassination of President Lincoln. As the plot unfolds, the movie follows the main characters as they plan and execute their plan to kill the President.

The primary focus of the movie is on the lesser-known participants in the conspiracy, such as George Atzerodt (played by Bradford Dillman), David Herold (played by John Dehner), and Mary Surratt (played by Patricia Barry). The film also sheds light on the roles of other people involved in the plot, including Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (played by Bradford Dillman) and General Ulysses S. Grant (played by Dana Andrews).

The Lincoln Conspiracy is notable for its attention to historical accuracy, with many of the scenes and events portraying the actual events surrounding the assassination. The movie also explores some of the lesser-known details of the conspiracy, such as the failed assassination attempt on Vice President Andrew Johnson and the plot to burn down Washington.

The performances of the cast are impressive, with John Anderson's portrayal of John Wilkes Booth as a disturbed and fanatical conspiracy leader being particularly noteworthy. Bradford Dillman shines in his dual role as both one of the conspirators and the Secretary of War, bringing a range of emotions to the character.

The film's pacing is slow and methodical, which might not appeal to some audiences. However, the focus on historical accuracy and attention to detail creates a realistic and immersive experience that draws the viewer into the story.

Overall, The Lincoln Conspiracy is a well-made and thought-provoking film that explores the events leading up to one of America's most tragic moments. It provides an insight into the people who planned and executed this terrible act and the historical context in which it occurred. Fans of historical dramas will undoubtedly enjoy watching this film.

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    5.8  (168)