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Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln

Updated on August 25, 2014

Lincoln: A Historial Drama Film from the USA

On the 4th of September in two thousand twelve, and announcement by Google Play and DreamWorks was made regarding the Facebook page of the film that during the Google Plus hangout with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Steven Spielberg, the trailer was going to be released. On the 13th of September, 2012 at seven at night, the trailer teaser was released.

Directed by Steven Spielberg

A 2012 historical drama film from America, Lincoln was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Abraham Lincoln, the president of the USA is played by Daniel Day-Lewis and Mary Todd Lincoln is played by Sally Field. Based on the Abraham Lincoln bio by Doris Kearns Goodwin called Team of Rivals, the final 4 months of the life of Lincoln is covered by the film. The efforts of the President to have the US House of Representatives pass the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution is what the movie covers.

Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Ending on the 19th of December '11, the filming started on the 17th of October that same year. It was at the New York Film Festival that the premiere of Lincoln was featured on the 8th of October in 2012. In select cities, the release of the film occurred on the 9th of November in '12. In the USA, it is through the Touchstone label of distribution of DreamWorks through Disney. On January 25, 2013, is the film's release schedule in the UK with international territories distribution by Twentieth Century Fox.

Daniel Day Lewis Performance Praised

Critical acclaim that was widespread was received by Lincoln with major directed praise to the performance of Day Lewis. In December of two thousand twelve, the film received nominations for 7 Golden Globe Awards including for Drama, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture. In addition, the film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards that included Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture. In addition, the film became a success commercially by having grossed one hundred forty-eight million at the box office domestically.


The cast includes Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, James Spader, Daniel Day-Lewis,Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Strathairn. The producers include Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

Lincoln's Efforts

The movie is a recount of the efforts of Abraham Lincoln, the president during January in the year eighteen sixty-five to pass the amendment which abolished the country's slavery formally. Having expectations that the end of the Civil War was going to be within a month but having concern that his Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 would be dismissed once the war ended by the courts and the Thirteenth Amendment would go through defeat by the states returning slaves. He felt that it was very important that the amendment would be passed by January's end. This removed all the possibilities that the slaves set free might become slaves once more.

The 13th Amendment

For the amendment to be passed, Lincoln's hope depending on Francis Preston Blair, the founder of the Republican Party. Blair's influences ensured that every western and border state Republican member faction will support the 13th amendment. For supporting Lincoln, Blair wants him to engage immediately in peace negotiations with the Confederate government. This complicates the efforts of amendment by Lincoln since a big portion of the garnered support for it is from the faction of Radical Republicans where it is anathema to negotiate peace that keeps slavery intact. Later, a reluctant Lincoln helps Blair's mission push through.


After the passage of the Amendment, the narrative of the film moves forward 2 months, and portrays the visit of Lincoln to the Petersburg, Virginia battlefield where he makes an exchange with General Grant for a few words. Later, the Appomattox Courthouse surrender by General Lee occurs. On the night of the 14th of April, 1865, future measures that discuss possibilities of enfranchising blacks were discussed in a late night meeting between Lincoln and his cabinet. He gets a reminder that his wife awaits for their Ford's Theater evening together. The day after, Lincoln is pronounced dead after getting shot. The conclusion of the film is with the 2nd inaugural address being delivered by Lincoln.


The soundtrack of Lincoln made its release on the 6th of November, 12 in the USA and was recorded by the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great share about great Lincoln, Keep writing Elle.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your review and insights