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Running Time 149 min
MPAA rating PG-13
Release Date Nov 9, 2012
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With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would become his defining legacy: to end the war and permanently abolish slavery through the 13th Amendment. Having great courage, acumen and moral fortitude, Lincoln pushes forward to compel the nation, and those in government who oppose him, to aim toward a greater good for all mankind.

Daniel Day-Lewis Abraham Lincoln
Sally Field Mary Todd Lincoln
David Strathairn Secretary of State William Seward
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Robert Todd Lincoln
James Spader W.N. Bilbo
Hal Holbrook Francis Preston Blair
Tommy Jones Thaddeus Stevens
Lee Pace Fernando Wood
Michael Stuhlbarg George Zeaman
David Costabile James Ashley

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Jan 13, 2013 - Ed64 on Lincoln

Daniel day Lewis ;

did a masterful job with the dialog.. oscar here he comes. story was told with a clean simplicity of the era. still, manageing to get the key issues across.. sally fields; strong mrs. lincoln;
acting and costumes, sets and directing , Big A.

Jan 13, 2013 - oilfieldt on Lincoln
Watching Paint Dry

Goes faster than this film. The entire movie is about passage of the 13th amendment. If I wanted a history lesson I would go back to school and I would want many more details than this show provided. 2 1/2 hrs of boring details about the 13th amendment. Do not recommend, a waste of money.

(no rating) Dec 09, 2012 - theo on Lincoln
Over the Top

Speilberg formula, D-Day opening scene, Waving American Flag, Soldiers citing the gettysberg Address like 6th graders, Actors in a Stanislovski "trance" who seem to be pretending, Boring politics that use history to mask a contemporary (propaganda) message.

Has the guy slept in the White House too much?

The movie has revolutionary potential, to change theater because people have finally opened their eyes to the way Big Film attempts to instill loyalty, and the movie going public wants something more refreshing.

This film pretty much is a spoiler to the fact that 2013 Academy Awards are once again going to be a self serving fixed agenda by a ruling class elite with a stranglehold on the theater.

One very impressive trivia fact - the film is raved by The World Socialist Web Site and Democrats amd Republicans alike - a rare constellation which reveals a tasteless underlying truth.

Nov 30, 2012 - secondopinion on Lincoln
They Didn't Teach You This is High School

Just for having the nerve to make a big budget film about passing a law our hats are off. That is compelling and has the support of a noted historian on whose work it is based to give credibility to this never heard hard to believe piece of history about the maneuvers and compromises it took to do good 150 years before a naive public and press was so offended by a few deals to pass health care is remarkable but may be too grown up for a public taught that Abe was honest and Washington never told a lie.

Lies, deals, graft and deception were needed to get a tough amendment passed. People acted with honor and the contrary. The president was a fox, a manipulator, a game player and con artist...and we might be a different country if he wasn't.

No special effects. Little action. Lots of humor and more talk then many film watchers can handle I suspect. And this time sleazeball James Spader is the righteous Sleaze - who could have guessed. Worth seeing. Maybe more that once. Academy worthy.

Nov 20, 2012 - Stephens on Lincoln
a thinker's movie..

This movie accurately shows the struggles/dilemmas that Lincoln faced during the most pivotal time in our nation's history. As expected, Daniel Day-Lewis couldn't have been more believable in the way that he portrayed Lincoln. A must see for anyone interested in history & politics.. by the way (Harrell), folks have been using the term "the White House" since 1811. Most people probably referred to it as "the White House" even though it was not the "official" name. (think Twin Towers vs World Trade Center). Anywho.. Great film!

Nov 18, 2012 - harrell on Lincoln
Don't waste your money

This movie does not project the true Lincoln. It is Hollywood at its worse by distorting history and the character of historical figures. The use of God's name in vain is prevalent throughout the movie. It uses numerous fabricated dialog and encounters with Lincoln that never occurred. It shows Mary Lincoln and Mr. Lincoln nearly getting into a fist fight which never occurred between the two. It has Mr. Lincoln swearing and using God's name in vain which he was known to never do. The use of the term "The White House" at least two times in the movie is incorrect. At the time in our nation's history the White House was called "The Executive Mansion." This movies shows House of Representatives acting like a bunch of children with yelling and name calling. This movie is ridiculous. I wasted my money and Hollywood is laughing all the way to the bank. Hollywood thinks we are idiots.