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Well-made movie, but left out important history
on February 3, 2016
I applaud the creators of the film for attempting to be as historically accurate as possible, but I was disappointed that nothing was portrayed about Lincoln's Vice President, Andrew Johnson, in the film. He played a very important part in Mary Surratt's story, and in the assassination of Lincoln. Much pressure was placed on him to commute Mary's sentence to imprisonment, many military officers and politicians didn't want the stigma of executing a woman. Mary's daughter Anna, as well as family members of the others accused, attempted to plead their case with Andrew Johnson at the White House several times, but were refused admittance. Also, on the day of the assassination John Wilkes Booth left a calling card in Andrew Johnson's "message box" at the hotel he was living at, and it's always been a mystery as to what connection he had with Booth. Not to mention the fact that Andrew Johnson was supposed to be the third government official to be assassinated in the conspiracy... (with Lincoln and Seward) but his would-be assassin "chickened out" at the last minute. All of this history was left out of the film. For that reason I give the film a 4 instead of a 5.