Lincoln

Lincoln

Lincoln

Steven Spielberg's political biopic of the 16th President of the USA, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. Focusing on the final four months of his life, Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis, winner of the Golden Globe for this performance) clashes with members of his cabinet on the road to abolishing slavery and ending the American Civil War.

Unsatisfied that his Emancipation Proclamation will be enough to safeguard the freedom of slaves after the conclusion of fighting, Lincoln seeks to push a 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution through the House of Representatives that would formally bring slavery to an end. To do so, Lincoln will need to convince members of his own Republican party and win over enough Democrats to pass the vote. The task will require the politician's famed debating and speechmaking skills, but also a dabble in unsavoury methods in the shadows of democracy.

Kushner's screenplay is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The cast also includes Sally Field as Lincoln's wife, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his son, Tommy Lee Jones as a Congressional leader and Jackie Earle Haley as the secessionists' Vice-President.

Best Actor in a Leading Role for Day-Lewis and Best Production Design at the 2013 Academy Awards. Best Actor (Drama) for Day-Lewis, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards 2013.
2012Rating: M, contains violence and offensive language153 minsUSA, India
BiographyDramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Steven Spielberg ('Jaws', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'E.T', 'Jurassic Park', 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan')
Writer:
Tony Kushner
Cast:
Daniel Day-LewisJoseph Gordon-LevittTommy Lee JonesSally FieldJackie Earle HaleyMichael StuhlbargLee PaceJared HarrisJames SpaderJohn HawkesDavid Strathairn

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Lincoln / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Every choice Day-Lewis makes lends dignity and gravitas to America's most revered figure.

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Total Film

Total Film

Steeped in the bitter political divisions of the Civil War, Spielberg’s thrilling film about hardwon freedoms is immersed in its own time, but speaks eloquently to ours.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A rough and noble democratic masterpiece — an omen, perhaps, that movies for the people shall not perish from the earth.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

What a feat from Day-Lewis: the nearest thing a 21st-century biopic can get to a seance.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Daniel Day-Lewis, is calm self-confidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

There is nothing bravura or overly emotional about Spielberg's direction here, but the impeccable filmmaking is no less impressive for being quiet and to the point.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A rousing, rigorous and morally complex legal procedural.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An absorbing, densely packed, sometimes funny telling of the 16th president's masterful effort in manipulating the passage of the 13th amendment.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe.

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