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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Splendid!, 20 October 2001
Author: dtucker86 from Germany
This fine film was like an intellectual feast for a history buff like me. We finally have a decent film about one of the darkest events in American History. I think the only other film I can remember that was devoted exclusively to Lincoln's murder was The Lincoln Conspiracy (!). This is another great historical film from TNT. Rob Morrow and Lance Hendricksen are both splendid. Its almost like a Biblical morality play capturing Lincoln's good and Booth's absolute evil (Morrow is positively chilling as the assassin, it sort of reminds me of Frank Sinatra in Suddenly). The details of this film are absolutely correct, they even remember to mention the fact that Lincoln dreamed of his own murder just a few nights before. The suspense is well handled especially leading up to the assassination. This is a fine adaptation of Jim Bishop's book and I am amazed at all the ground they covered in just a two hour movie! If you get a chance rent it on video. By the way, Booth shouts "sic semper tyrannis" when he kills Lincoln. For those of you who never had Latin, that means "Death to the tyrants"
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Bravo!, 24 June 1999
Author: anonymous from Canada
I really enjoyed this movie. What makes this movie so good is the great performance by Lance Henricksen. He truly is one of the greatest actors of all time. If you want to see him at his best see this movie. Lance Henricksen was born to play the role of Abraham Lincoln. I also recommend "Aliens", "Pumpkinhead", and "Hard Target" to see him at his best. I give this movie 10/10
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Excellent, 20 February 2002
An excellent portrayal of the circumstances surrounding the assassination
US President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in
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
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.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Interesting Effort, 9 March 2004
Author: historynut from Ashland, Ohio
I like this movie a lot. Proof that Ted Turner's people are better off
sticking with "made for TV" movies as opposed to trying to go "big screen"
(see: "Gods and Generals" for one such disaster).
I did not particularly care for some of the "MTV-like" camera angles and going from color to black and white (hopefully this "fad" will die a quick death).
Lance Henrickson is a fine actor and did a great job as Lincoln. Unlike Henrickson, Lincoln was a "western" country hick with a higher pitched voice and did not have the graceful mannerisms Henrickson protrayed in this film (I blame the casting, not Henrickson, for this), but it's no big deal, unless you are a nit-picker who liked to show off your deft knowledge of history.
Rob Morrow kicked ass as Booth. Another very underrated actor.
Here again, as in the TNT effort "Andersonville" which in my view is the most unique and my absolute favorite Civil War movie to date, I believe that the using of mostly "role actors" pays off.
Bizarre as it may sound, I really believe that background, incidental music can make or break a movie, especially a period piece such as this. And with this movie, it's excellent!
I doubt Hollywierd will ever treat Lincoln on the "big screen" again (as has been done before many many years ago). So I guess we will have to settle for TV efforts like this. And if they are all this good, that could be a good thing!
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Most Authentic To Date, 18 April 1999
Author: historn from Richmond, VA
TNT's The Day Lincoln Was Shot has to be the most accurate and well devised movie of the genre to date. Much care has been taken with authenticity (with a few minor glitches here and there) in an attempt to determine what actually happened, how it happened and why. Solid acting talent, an eye for detail and a well devised script have made once again a docu-drama that stands the test both historically and as solid, fast-moving entertainment. Turner has done it again. Bravo!
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Fine Cable Fodder, 12 December 1998
Author: Quinn-5 from Brooklyn, NY
Director John Gray, after his last two mediocre-at-best theatrical efforts "Born To Be Wild" and "The Glimmer Man", returns to his tv-directing roots with "The Day Lincoln Was Shot", a fascinating look at one of our country's most famous assassinations. When you watch a good movie, you usually go through the motions: suspense, awe, tragedy (or at least mild sadness), and hopefully in the process crack a smile or two. While no brilliant cinematic triumph, "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" more or less manages to achieve those basic standards, and nowadays, that's no easy feat. What helps it achieve that, though, are two vital factors that elude most modern Hollywood projects: great subject material and great casting. The material is obvious, and should be interesting to most anyone who has even the vaguest knowledge of American history. As for casting, "Millennium" star Lance Henriksen finally lands a fresh role as the Sixteenth President, and it's a startling discovery to find that Mr. Henriksen has been seemingly born with the precise facial mold of good ol' Honest Abe himself, and that it's taken so long for someone to notice! Just add beard, costume and viola! While still playing a dark role, there's a spark to Mr. Henriksen's Lincoln, that makes him alive and real, and more importantly, human. Rob Morrow is John Wilkes Booth, the actor gone bad, who, as we see here, is not just a cardboard borderline psychotic, rather, there's a method to his madness, a motive that fringes on being understandable that brings a freshness to the scenes Morrow steals; it's a relief to see him playing someone other than a smug yuppie trapped in our society. All in all, John Gray has been blessed with the gift of story-telling brevity, and we get a satisfying tv-viewing experience in one evening, not two or three or four, as is the growing tradition for TNT films...done sparingly, this is a treat for the audience.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Eerily captivating, 14 November 2000
Author: William C. Uchtman (email@example.com) from Hendersonville, TN
The only man I ever thought who could give Lincoln justice was Irish born-and-bred Roy Dotrice,but now I have to add Lance Henriksen to the list.I also saw Kris Kristoffersen play the man with the stove pipe hat but that one was made for the whole family. This movie is much more closer to the truth than "The Lincoln Conspiracy" ever was.Booth is much more darker and scarier than I ever remembered and even more forboding when he is trying to romance the ladies.I would hope that every Lincoln afficinado appreciates this movie for its depiction of the darkest day in American history
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
One of the best Lincoln movies, one of the best Lincolns, 16 April 2011
Author: Erewhon from Los Angeles, California
I bought this from Warner Archive without remembering that it ever existed. I was somewhat surprised that I hadn't previously thought of Henriksen as a potential Lincoln, but he really does look more like the President than any other actor I've seen in the role, including Royal Dano. The makeup is excellent, but Henriksen's face is already 2/3 of the way there. He's a greatly underrated actor; he approaches all his roles with dedication, focus and intelligent; the same is true here. In the header I said he's one of the best Lincolns; actually, he may be >the< best, rivaled only by Henry Fonda and Raymond Massey. But everything about this understated, well-researched movie is outstanding; I was surprised and pleased by how good it is.
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
The best Lincoln movie !, 31 March 2007
Author: stejujo from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I love TNT's "The Day Lincoln Was Shot." Call me weird, but I watch it on VHS every Friday night. I'm a big history buff. I wish it was on DVD so I could watch it in my living room. My VCR is in my finished basement. Although there were a few minor historical errors, this movie was great. Lance Henrickson did a marvelous portrayal of Lincoln. If you took a black and white photo of Henrickson as Lincoln, most people would think it was actually Lincoln! It's too bad this wasn't a theater movie, because it would look great on the big screen, especially the theater scenes. When I watched this movie, I felt like I was really at Ford's Theatre the night Lincoln was shot. The first time I saw it, I nearly cried.The music gives the movie a sad feel, and those times were very sad. I wish they'd put it on TV every anniversary of the assassination, but I checked the online TNT schedule, and it was not on there. Maybe I missed it. Anyway, you should buy a used copy from Amazon.com. Although they are used , they are in mint condition. If you like Lincoln as much as I do, buy or rent this! It is a must see! Attention Teachers: I recommend this for classroom use, and it is a movie which your students may actually like!
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