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Parents Guide for
Lincoln (2012) More at IMDbPro »

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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

There is no suggestive nudity or sex.

Women are shown wearing low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. In one scene, Mary is undressing for bed, showing her undergarments (which are modest compared to today's). Her upper chest is shown.

Violence & Gore

The opening scene depicts graphic war violence, including bodies falling in mud and getting trampled, soldiers with missing limbs, and a soldier get shot clean through (we see the bullet slice through his stomach, and a mixture of mud and some blood sprays out the back.)

When Lincoln visits wounded war vets, we see a person pushing a cart filled with severed arms and legs that drip blood (very graphic and disturbing). The person dumps the limbs into a very bloody dirt pit of limbs.

Lincoln visits a battlefield, where dead bodies are strewn about.

When Robert and his father get into an argument, Lincoln slaps him across the face.

A man is shot in the foot.

Lincoln is shown on his deathbed, a bloodstained pillow beneath his head.


Two f-words. Four or five s-words. Derogatory terms for African-Americans several times, including the n-word. Also heard are: "bitch", "bloody", "goddamn" 13 times. Jesus' name is misused once.

There is a civil war era insult, "pettifogging", which, when used in the film, may sound like another F-word is used.

There are 2 F-Bombs

The first f-bomb was used by a man sitting in the bench outside to a man while the man shoot a fire with his rifle: (Fuck you!)

The second f-bomb was used by another man in a house to him and a guy next to him when Abraham Lincoln came into the house : (We'll all be fucked)

Several characters are shown drinking (wine, beer and other presumably alcoholic beverages) and smoking (mostly cigars). Preston Blair's wife instructs a servant to get him drunk during a long journey so he'll be able to sleep. Lobbyists seem inebriated in a scene or two.

A scene where Abraham and Robert visit a few wounded soldiers could be upsetting. They all have had their legs amputated, and the stumps are well-bandaged. Another scene shows their legs being dumped into what could be described as a mass grave of amputated limbs.

Although Lincoln's assassination is not shown, it is announced with his younger son, Tad, present, who then screams hysterically from grief.

There is fighting between Lincoln and his wife near the end of the film. A lot of shouting at each other over their son Robbie's enlistment into the Union army.

The main theme of this film is slavery and racism. Some people will likely be offended by the more racist characters, including one character who mentions women's rights, to great protest from the crowd, but of course slavery is defeated in the end and the heroes are all against it.

The tone of the film is fairly dark throughout.

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Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language

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