In The Conspirator movie, who was one of the main characters and the significance of their role?

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The protagonist and main focus of the historical film The Conspirator (2011) is Mary Surratt, the first woman ever executed by the United States federal government. The film details the actions, trial and execution of the conspirators accused of assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. Although Mrs. Surratt maintained her innocence, it seems logical that she knew of the plot to kill Lincoln. One of her sons, John, was apparently involved; and the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, apparently met with his other co-conspirators several times in Mrs. Surratt's tavern. Booth also stopped by the tavern following the murder. A photo of Booth was found in Mrs. Surratt's purse, and bullet molds were found on her dresser. Witnesses testified that she provided the guns used in the attack. As she was being arrested, another accused conspirator showed up at her door. Surratt was played in The Conspirator by actress Robin Wright.

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