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The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd


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The tragic story of Dr. Samuel Mudd of Maryland, who in 1865 was arrested for his alleged complicity in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and sentenced by an illegal military court to a lifetime of hard labor at the American penal colony of Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas. The unfortunate Mudd, whose only "crime" was to set the broken leg of a mud-caked stranger – who turned out to be John Wilkes Booth – endures the cruelties of the sadistic commandant and the condemnation of the public at large, until his selfless courage during a yellow fever epidemic earns him a pardon by President Andrew Johnson. The film implicates Lincoln’s secretary of war Edwin Stanton, whom some conspiracy theorists now believe was behind the assassination plot.

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  • Actors: Dennis Weaver, Susan Sullivan, Richard Dysart, Michael McGuire, Nigel Davenport
  • Directors: Paul Wendkos
  • Writers: Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk
  • Producers: Douglas Schwartz, Martin Starger, Michael Berk, Paul B. Radin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ENX4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd" on IMDb

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ralph DeMattia on August 5, 2004
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Very well acted and factual, I waited many years to finally SEE this one again, much less get it on DVD and it was well worth the wait! Dennis Weaver as Dr. Mudd and Susan Sullivan as his wife are virtually flawless in their respective roles. I've only had it for 2 months and have watched it twice; once myself and again when friends came over a week later and wanted to see it and THEY loved it so much that they ordered a copy. It's well worth getting!!

I also reccommend PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND,it's an older MUDD type video,now available on another website, but a great flick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Idorescue on February 5, 2010
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We had taken a trip to the island where Dr.Mudd was held it made the movie even better. This is a lost piece of lost history. The movie is a little slow but tell of the aftermath of the President Lincoln assassination. Dr. Mudds true story of being in the wrong place doing good things and having half a life time of trouble because of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James M. Russell on September 26, 2013
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In the 1970's and 1980, the hotel I worked for had 12 movie crews, staying there. Some great movie stars, and a few great actors. "The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd", was a very good movie, and I especially love the scenes I saw shot. Guy Del Russo, was the makeup artist on the film, and a good friend of mine, who died shortly after filming. That makes this movie very special. If you want to know how much this movie means to me. I paid a private individual $99.00, for my copy of the DVD. I say, it was a bargain. This movie, in my opinion, was one of the best performances, by Dennis Weaver, a great actor, who is missed. Also the acting in the best tradition, were Richard Dysart, and Susan Sullivan. I say, get this movie, and see the injustice, this government, imposed on one very great man, played by a great man. This one's for you Guy. J. Russell, "Marty", Savannah, Georgia
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A arrest and trial of a man supposedly innocent, but history says otherwise because he treated the accused assassin Booth's broken leg after shooting President Lincoln. Dennis Weaver did Mudd justice and a good portrayal of a doctor forever caught up in the mysteries and unsolved intrigue of he Lincoln assassination and it's aftermath.
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By Ron Leidholt on February 13, 2015
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but Mudd and booth had lunch, twice in Washington DC before the Assassination, and they meet once at Mudd's farm before that when Booth was scouting his escape route under the guise of looking for a place to buy. but in the movie they don't appear to know each other.
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