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The Better Angels (2014)

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The story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality.

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Abe
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Johnny
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Matilda
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Uncle Thomas
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Aunt Elizabeth
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Reverend Elkins (as Robert Vincent Smith)
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Ben (as Adam Tetters)
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Young School Girl
Riley Brutvan ...
William
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Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is raw. Men, women, and children alike must battle nature and disease to survive in remote log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln's world. Spanning three years of the future president's childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Written by Amplify Releasing

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief smoking
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7 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Green Blade Rising  »

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Directorial debut of Terrence Malick's frequent collaborator, A.J. Edwards. See more »

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Impressionist Film about Young Abe Lincoln
6 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

This beautiful film really took me to that time and place. I enjoyed this movie more than any other I have seen lately. This thought provoking portrayal of Lincoln's boyhood is fresh. I have already read so much about Lincoln and seen films about him and thought this might be tired ground to cover. But, I was completely drawn in by the experience of this film. The subtlety of the piece is much appreciated. I work with children and I would like to show this film to elementary - high school students and get their impressions of the film. The way that childhood is captured here is lovely and meaningful. This story within a story is a gentle and welcome addition to films about a great American President.


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Black and white: necessary, or terrible allusion? BreakerSeven
The DVD comes out March 3rd. nhoj441
Nice Alternative to Spielberg's Disappointing Lincoln? jspen2
Based on the book BETTER ANGELS? msims1
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