Biopic of Abe Lincoln, 16th President of he United States, from his early days in backwoods Kentucky to his election as President. After a time running livestock to New Orleans, he settles in New Salem where he meets and falls in love with Ann Rutledge who is already engaged to someone. Abe makes a home for himself in New Salem, eventually running a store and becoming the postmaster. He's popular with the locals and is eventually elected to the State legislature but afterward established himself in the practice of law. He eventually meets Mary Todd who would become his wife and and is sent to Washington as a Congressman before he is elected president. Written by
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received an Oscar nomination for playing the title role in this film. 72 years later, Daniel Day-Lewis
was nominated, and won, for playing the part in Lincoln
(2012). While they were not the first pair of actors to receive Oscar nominations for playing the same role, 72 years does mark the longest difference in time between such nominations. To date, the only actors to win Oscars for the same role are Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. See more
When Crimmin and the other politicians initially walk into the Lincoln home, there are seven i the group. However, in the proverbial smoke-filled room, there are eight. See more
Mary Todd Lincoln
[Contemptuously as she hears crowd noises from outside
Stephen Douglas has arrived. Listen to them cheering for him!
They ought to cheer. He paid 'em enough for it.
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John Brown's Body
Music published in 1858 (authorship unclear)
Lyrics evolved in early 1860s (authorship unclear)
Instrumental version heard during Harper's Ferry sequence. See more