What was the most compelling element of Redford's film, The Conspirator? What was the most compelling element of Redford's film, The Conspirator?

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This is a film of tropes, yet the idea that is central to the film cannot be reduced by cliche. The protagonist is tasked to act with integrity in a situation wherein this act will cause him to lose, potentially, everything important in his life (except his self-respect). 

This is a classic internal conflict and, to me, is the most compelling element of the film. When a person stands up for beliefs and values, alone, he/she is facing a terrific test of strength that makes for good cinema.

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Almost everyone has either forgotten, or never knew of, the actual conspiracy involved in Lincoln's death, and those that Booth worked with in the final days before the assassination.  In addition to Henry Wirz, the commandant of Andersonville prison in Georgia, Surrat and the co-conspirators were the only people executed...

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