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And you found out this week and has a surprisingly timely twist that's because the movie though it's about the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln.
It touches on the issue of trying suspects before military tribunals.
The -- all about the prosecution of John Wilkes Booth accused -- Mary sore rot she was tried in a military tribunal convicted.
It seems linked right into today's debates about whether to try terror suspects in civilian courts or military commissions.
But as a -- of movie really about making a statement let's talk with screenwriter James Allen and he joins us now.
From New York Jim congratulations on the movie very very nicely on.
Very teacher thank you for -- premium program.
While I think it's so interesting that a lot of people will see this movie and think oh it's making a statement all about military commissions -- trials and what's fair what's not there.
But the truth is that we found you write -- started on this movie back in 1983.
-- I -- that's true I I think and this is one of the great American stories not told everyone thinks they know the story of the Lincoln assassination and it turns out most of us down I didn't know when I started in 1993.
With a full head of hair.
-- that there were multiple attacks and I ranking was assassinated someone was at the residents of the vice president to kill him that the secretary of state was nearly.
Killed if there are hundreds rounded up there were a state trial of eight civilians and military court.
-- one of them was a woman who ran a boarding house Mary seraw.
And that she was very likely on trial for crimes committed by parents -- none of that I knew when I started and I think many of -- viewers might not.
And then at the center of this extraordinary event in American history was this.
Mother son story incredibly human story about a mother who abandoned -- paper Robin Wright abandoned by her own son.
And this surrogate son her lawyer in northern officer who is compelled to defend a southern woman northern officers paid by.
-- backer boy and none of that I knew and that way it's it seems to me it's an incredible timeless story.
And it is very very -- provoking regardless of where you stand the issue of military tribunals.
A bit because you -- this is a story that most of us are -- -- familiar with I know that the movie company behind this is all about putting together.
Historically accurate films.
So that the American public can learning can enjoy it the same time it seems like a great balance of educating and entertaining people at the same time.
Idea hope that there will be more historically based movies that can do the same thing.
Well I think every screen writer in America has faced -- a really great American historical film in their hip pocket and the -- you're referring to his call the American film company was founded by Joe rickets.
And he believes that there is an audience for American historical films that are.
Authentic and very well researched.
On this particular project we had -- they brought in the assistance.
Extraordinary consultants James McPherson one of the leading figures in and is Sarah and eight.
Red porch who -- support succeed me who is the not only is one of two full time.
Legal historians with the armed forces but also was the lead prosecutor Guantanamo.
In ninth 2003 and four so he brings -- combines -- wonderful real world and historical knowledge so this project.
Was extremely carefully researched and it is a moment in time.
As I said it -- it had no intention to write about parallels to the present we were just trying to portray and I set out to portray.
Event as it took place in fact when I first wrote this.
I often heard from people lots of parallels to the president is very interesting story but there what does it have to do the president after September.
First the eleventh 2001 I never heard that again.
A what does it feel like after almost twenty years of working on this labor of love to get this movie to the screen to see it now playing out across the country.
He is an incredible experience -- someone told me that.
This movie would be directed by Robert Redford -- That he would have this extraordinary cast -- -- -- Kevin Klein Tom Wilkinson Robin Wright Evan Rachel Wood.
Danny Houston in in a movie that I wrote they would take eighteen years.
Out of -- for that and waited for it's it's incredible indescribable experience.
Legends -- congratulations.
I feel we'll see more of you won awards season rolls around thanks for sharing inside story with us.
-- very kind of you say thank you for having us on the program having me on -- program.
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