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As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

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In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience -- end slavery or end the war. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$944,308 (USA) (9 November 2012)

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$182,204,440 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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The character of Robert E. Lee makes only a brief appearance, with no lines. The role was previously played by Martin Sheen, who worked with Steven Spielberg in Catch Me If You Can (2002), Daniel Day-Lewis in Gandhi (1982), Sally Field in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and Hal Holbrook and James Spader in Wall Street (1987). Sheen was later replaced by Robert Duvall, who is a cousin to cast member Wayne Duvall and a close friend of Tommy Lee Jones, having appeared with him in Lonesome Dove (1989). See more »

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In the movie it shows the old original capitol dome when in fact in 1865 the new dome was completed, the dome we have today. For in 1861 when the civil war broke out they were considering putting a hold on the finishing on the new dome that was already under construction . But President Lincoln Personial insisted that the dome be completed which in was by 1865. See more »

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Thaddeus Stevens: Trust? Gentlemen, you seem to have forgotten that our chosen career is politics.
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The Daniel Day Lewis Factor
11 November 2012 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I remember fondly, Henry Fonda and Raymond Massey as Lincolns in "Young Mr.Lincoln" and "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" They gave remarkable performances. But, here and now in this extraordinary Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner version, the illusion is complete. I was watching the president and not for a moment thought of the actor. That in itself is close to unique. I left the theater with the feeling I've just had an out of body experience. Everything around the central performance - and I call it a performance because I don't know what else to call it - falls into place in a miraculous way. The photography, the production design, the wardrobe made it possible to actually smell the period. Congratulations and thank you.


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