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)
Harry McEnerny ...
 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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27 March 1988 (USA)  »

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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: There is nothing more like eternity than a train ride of eleven days, unless it's two people and a ham.
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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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Interesting and different view of Lincoln
12 September 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was excellent. The acting was well-done, in my opinion. Mary Tyler Moore did a superb job in her role as Mary Todd Lincoln.

I don't know how much Gore Vidal's book, upon which this movie is based, reflects the truth about Abraham Lincoln. However, this movie shows a very different Abraham Lincoln than the American myth of "Honest Abe." Lincoln is portrayed as an ambitious politic, not above coaxing the facts put forth to the public in order to win votes for the new Republican Party, and who eventually becomes rather subdued and serious about life after a series of events unfold.

Anyone studying or interested in this period of American History or in Lincoln should give this movie a watching, if only for the perspectives given.


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