After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency.
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 William H. Seward (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Kate Chase (2 episodes, 1988)
Tom Brennan ...
 Sen. Charles Sumner (2 episodes, 1988)
Gregory Cooke ...
 Robert Lincoln (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Johnny Hay (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Elizabeth Keckley (2 episodes, 1988)
Jerome Dempsey ...
 Congressman Elihu Washburne (2 episodes, 1988)
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 William Herndon (2 episodes, 1988)
Jon DeVries ...
 Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (2 episodes, 1988)
George Ede ...
 Edward McManus (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Stephen Douglas (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (2 episodes, 1988)
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 William Sprague (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Col. Elmer Ellsworth (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Gen. George McClellan (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Frederick Douglass (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Salmon P. Chase (2 episodes, 1988)
Patrick Rowe ...
 Ward Hill Lamon (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Gen. Winfield Scott (2 episodes, 1988)
James Anklam ...
 Telegraph Operator #1 (2 episodes, 1988)
Bev Appleton ...
 Office Seeker #2 (2 episodes, 1988)
Joe Ayres ...
 Singing Soldier (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Henry (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Earle (2 episodes, 1988)
Charles Thomas Baxter ...
 Staff Captain (2 episodes, 1988)
Joshua Billings ...
 Assistant Manager (2 episodes, 1988)
Roy Butler ...
 Southern Congressman #3 (2 episodes, 1988)
Dick Cheatham ...
 Staff Officer (2 episodes, 1988)
Bill Chorney ...
 Allan Pinkerton (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Office Seeker #5 (2 episodes, 1988)
Ritchie Copenhaver ...
 Captain Holmes (2 episodes, 1988)
Del Driver ...
 Thompson (2 episodes, 1988)
Glenn Faigen ...
 John Wilkes Booth (2 episodes, 1988)
Bill Falkenstein ...
 Plenipotentiary (2 episodes, 1988)
Kevin Grantz ...
 Office Seeker #3 (2 episodes, 1988)
Fay Greenbaum ...
 Mrs. Ord (2 episodes, 1988)
Dick Harrington ...
 Stewart (2 episodes, 1988)
Rick Hite ...
 Speaker Hickman (2 episodes, 1988)
J. Michael Hunter ...
 Office Seeker #1 (2 episodes, 1988)
Karen Hutcheson ...
 Julia Grant (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Editor Forney (2 episodes, 1988)
Philip Hyland ...
 Young Soldier (2 episodes, 1988)
Helen Jervey ...
 Mrs. Laury (2 episodes, 1988)
Marion Johnson ...
 Blair (2 episodes, 1988)
Lee Lively ...
 General Wood (2 episodes, 1988)
Jim Lowell ...
 Southern Congressman #2 (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Southern Congressman #1 (2 episodes, 1988)
John Mingus ...
 Governor Curtin (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Hotel Clerk (2 episodes, 1988)
Patrick Coe McCluskey ...
 Willie Perham (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Leland Grover (2 episodes, 1988)
R. Max Ramsey ...
 Manservant (2 episodes, 1988)
Adrian Rieder ...
 Fred Grant (2 episodes, 1988)
Stephen Rudlin ...
 Telegraph Operator #2 (2 episodes, 1988)
Alan Sader ...
 Sickles (2 episodes, 1988)
Michael Schauer ...
 Barkeep (2 episodes, 1988)
Bob Schindler ...
 Sergeant (2 episodes, 1988)
Troy Sweeney ...
 Tad Lincoln (2 episodes, 1988)
Richard Travis ...
 Nicolay (2 episodes, 1988)
Rick Warner ...
 Staff Colonel (2 episodes, 1988)
Paul Welch ...
 Willie Lincoln (2 episodes, 1988)
Phil Whiteay ...
 Glove Salesman (2 episodes, 1988)
Tom Width ...
 Surgeon (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Mary Todd Lincoln (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Abraham Lincoln (2 episodes, 1988)
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After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. Beneath his folksy charm and unassuming manner, he shows himself to be a shrewd politician who is able to overcome his wife's neurotic behavior and the death of his son. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Gore Vidal's Lincoln  »

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Goofs

There are many inaccuracies regarding the layout of the White House. In Lincoln's day, the second floor Yellow Oval Room served as a library, not as his office. The cabinet room is incorrectly placed in the State Dining Room on the first floor. The current Lincoln Bedroom served as both Lincoln's office and cabinet room (hence the name) during his presidency. See more »

Quotes

Abraham Lincoln: Do you know what this is, Brother Washburne?
Congressman Elihu Washburne: The Army of the Potomac.
Abraham Lincoln: No, it is General MacClellen's bodyguard!
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Connections

Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Go Tell It on the Mountain
Written by John Wesley Work Jr. (1860s)
Heard at White House party
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Don't go to the theatre,stay home and watch this

I must disagree strongly with the correspondant who describes this film as garbage. I believe the production team, the writer and the efforts of Waterston and Tyler Moore have brilliantly captured Vidals characterisation of Honest Abe, both as politician and as a family man. Vidals GENIUS is the bi-play between Lincoln and Seward and Lincoln and Chase but in a three hour film it would be quite impossible to portray these intense rivalries and do any justice at all to the quality of the book. Many characters from the book are missing and there is no play at all of the assassination plotters that threads through the book. Nevertheless the Lincoln that has been lifted from the page makes for a most enjoyable film and well worth a viewing


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