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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
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Daniel Day-Lewis announced that if he won his third Academy Award for this film, he would retire from acting for five years. He did end up winning the award. See more »
When Thaddeus Stevens is confronted by an outraged Asa Litton for denying the full humanity and equality of blacks, Stevens tells him "I want the amendment to pass, so that the constitution's first and only mention of slavery is its absolute prohibition." Although the words "slave" and "slavery" appear nowhere in the Constitution, it is in fact addressed in several places: Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 (3/5 of the slaves counted as population for determining representatives and direct taxes); Article I, Section 9, Clause 1 (importing slaves was to be unrestricted by Congress until at least the year 1808); and Article IV, Section 2, Clause 3 (fugitive slaves had to be returned to their owners when caught). Additional references to these provisions show up in Article I, Section 9, Clause 4 and Article V. See more »
I appeal to my fellow Democrats, to all Republican representatives who give a fig for peace!
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...and the Academy Award for Best Actor goes to....Daniel Day Lewis!
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. Written by Tony Kusher and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
"I am the president of the United States of America, clothed in immense power! You will procure me those votes!"
'As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.'
Steven Spielberg has done it again! It seems like the older he gets, the better his films are! I was very satisfied with his efforts, particularly the set designs and tone. It was a joy to watch. I was not impressed with the cinematography efforts. It was well done but nothing stood out for me. For instance, Scorsese seems to bring a new camera angle/shot/position in every one of his films. I was expecting more.
The acting was this film's strongest aspect. Daniel Day Lewis brings an historic performance to the screen except I didn't see him in this picture. I saw Abraham Lincoln. He was so driven into the character, at times it was scary. Lewis' vision of Lincoln is self confident, calm and patient. It was in my favorite scene that his patience finally wore thin on his colleagues about the negativity in the 13th amendment. The mannerisms were spot on. His efforts match my personal favored work of his in 'My Left Foot'. His best contribution to the picture was consistency. Throughout, he never faltered. His accent never trailed off and his actions were always precise. He is fully deserving of the Academy Award for Best Actor. Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field also gave great performances. They brought character and charisma to the picture. I particularly enjoyed the Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field combination. They compliment each other very well. My only criticism of the cast is that there were too many actors. At times, the characters were defined with a tag on the bottom of the screen. I don't enjoy being told in letters who the characters are. I want the character to show me in action who they are.
The Score is very well done in this movie. The team of Spielberg and Williams never fails. The music brings just as much emotion to the screen as the actors do. It helps bring the vision and atmosphere to life.
This film isn't what I would call a 'masterpiece' but it was a joy to watch. A must see and one of the best films of 2012.
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