Brief vignettes about Lincoln's early life include his birth, early jobs, (unsubstantiated) affair with Ann Rutledge, courtship of Mary Todd, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates; his presidency and the Civil War are followed in somewhat more detail, though without actual battle scenes; film concludes with the assassination. Written by
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Jason Robards (also known as Jason Robards Jr.),the son of the actor appearing here as Lincoln's law partner, has played Abe Lincoln three times on the small screen: in a 1964 Hallmark Hall of Fame special, a 1991 made-for-TV movie and a 1992 documentary. He has also played three other US presidents. He also was the voice of U. S. Grant in Ken Burns' documentary, "The Civil War." See more »
General Lee repeatedly addresses an officer as Colonel, or Colonel Marshall, but the officer wears the insignia of a Captain on his collar. See more »
I know the truth, dear. It's goodbye.
No, no, Ann, dear. You're not going to leave me. I won't let you!
We must be brave, dear...
[looking up to the heavens]
Don't take me away. Don't take me away! It's so dark and lonesome!
Ann, you mustn't let go.
If they'd sing, I wouldn't be so afraid.
[a chorus of "Sweet By and By" swells up in the background]
We will meet there, dear.
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"Battle Hymn of the Republic"
(ca 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung by an offscreen chorus during a civil war scene See more »
I think it qualifies as a must-see film for all true scholars of the cinema. That is not to say that it is a good film. It is most certainly not. But this is really a perfect film in which to study the biggest change that this artistic medium ever experienced, the change from silence to sound. The whole film comes off as so, so awkward. It doesn't help that the script is awful. The film is actually over-ambitious, trying hard to cover the entire life of Abe, from birth to death. However bad Abraham Lincoln is, though, I myself found it more than watchable and always fascinating. 6/10.
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