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The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Movie 12 April 1998
April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President. Starring Lance Henriksen as the Great ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Mary Todd Lincoln
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Lucy Hale
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Robert Todd Lincoln
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Lewis Thornton Paine
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David E. Herold
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Frederick Seward
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George A. Atzerodt (as Kirk B. R. Woller)
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Secretary of State William Henry Seward
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Thomas 'Tad' Lincoln
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Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant
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Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton
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Mary E. Surratt
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April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President. Starring Lance Henriksen as the Great Emancipator and Rob Morrow as assassin John Wilkes Booth, this riveting recreation of The Day Lincoln Was Shot (from Jim Bishop's landmark book) is a thrilling and detailed chronicle of the plot, murder and manhunt that changed America forever. To avenge what he called the Confederacy's "noble cause," Booth conspires with his motley followers, rages and boasts, and aspires to a place in history as a Great Man. The weary Lincoln, longing for a just peace, meets with his Cabinet, steals precious time with his family and dreams - literally - of the death of a President. Minute by minute, killer and victim edge closer to the burst of gunfire at Ford's Theatre that stopped Lincoln's heart - and shattered the country's soul. Written by Anonymous

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The Murder. The Manhunt. The Events That Stunned A Nation.


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12 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Atentat na Linkolna  »

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In one scene there is a wallpaper which features a pattern of cyphers consisting of the letters VRI and a royal crown. The letters stand for "Victoria Regina Imperatrix" which is Latin for "Victoria Queen Empress". It seems strange that such a royal motif would have been used in the USA. However even if someone would have wanted to decorate their walls with cypher of the British monarch in 1865, it would have been "VR". It was not until 1877 that Queen Victoria was given the title "Empress of India" when India was formally incorporated into the British Empire. See more »

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John Wilkes Booth: What we are talking about is property, slaves are property, valuable, well taken care of. Uhh, gentlemen treats his slaves the way he would his finest tools, with care and concern. It's in his own best interest to do so. Now this... dictator, declares they are free. What happens now? What *happens* to these free men? Free to what? Free to go where? What what what are they trained for? It's insanity. I mean does this man truly believe that he can obliterate a way of life that is centuries old?
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Connections

Remake of Ford Star Jubilee: The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956) See more »

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Excellent
20 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

An excellent portrayal of the circumstances surrounding the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in 1865. Rob Morrow provides an excellent portrayal of John Wilkes Booth and also provides us with an interesting insight as to the depth of patriotism, ill-feeling and desire for revenge that existed on the Confederate side during the Civil War. Lance Henriksen also provides an excellent portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln and his last days in the White House before the shooting and gives us an insight into his courage, his strong convictions and his determination to promote forgiveness over revenge. A strong supporting cast gives this movie additional credibility and it had me entranced from start to finish. A powerful and moving historical drama that I would highly recommend. My only criticism would be that it tends to place too much emphasis on some events and not enough on others

My rating: 10 out of 10.


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