As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 7.9/10 (1,445 voted)
Critic's Score: 78/100
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Storyline As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Writers: Tony Kushner, Doris Kearns Goodwin
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis
Mary Todd Lincoln
Tommy Lee Jones
Jackie Earle Haley
Tim Blake Nelson
Ulysses S. Grant
Release Date: 16 November 2012
Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Did You Know?
Sally Field was so determined to play Mary Todd Lincoln, she begged Steven Spielberg for the chance to screen test alongside Daniel Day-Lewis. Spielberg believed she was too old to play the part, but Field was adamant. She recalled, "I'm 10 years older than Daniel and 20 years older than Abraham Lincoln's wife was and Steven told me he didn't see me in the role. But I knew I was right for this part and begged him to let me audition for it. He was kind enough to do that and Daniel is such a sweetheart that he flew over from his home in Ireland to screen test with me. I'll love him forever for that."
Magnificent in every way. Thank you Stephen Spielberg.
As if we did not have enough reasons to adore Stephen Spielberg, his
efforts in bringing "Lincoln" to moviegoers everywhere would clinch it.
I felt honored to screen this film as a movie theater owner today. It
was magnificent in every way. Spielberg did an amazing job as director;
every actor in the movie was impressive -- there must be something
about the 19th century that brings out the best. Daniel Day Lewis as
Lincoln gives a profound understanding to the man Thaddeus Stephens
(the incomparable Tommy Lee Jones) called the "purest man in America."
Sally Fields as Mary Todd Lincoln; James Strader as a sleazy vote
buyer....on and on and on. As if all this craftsmanship was not enough
-- the message of the film, which focuses on Lincoln's final months and
passage of the 13th amendment (the one that bans slavery for EVERY
American, is one that everyone still needs to hear. My Star Theater in
Berkeley Springs, WV will be proud to show this film and hopes to
encourage schools to bring their students. True history has a drama all
its own. And the reality of that history shows the original, honorable
meaning of the term Radical Republican.