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After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency.

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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Mulligan ...  William H. Seward 2 episodes, 1988
Deborah Adair ...  Kate Chase 2 episodes, 1988
Tom Brennan Tom Brennan ...  Sen. Charles Sumner 2 episodes, 1988
Gregory Cooke Gregory Cooke ...  Robert Lincoln 2 episodes, 1988
Steven Culp ...  Johnny Hay 2 episodes, 1988
Ruby Dee ...  Elizabeth Keckley 2 episodes, 1988
Jerome Dempsey ...  Congressman Elihu Washburne 2 episodes, 1988
Jeffrey DeMunn ...  William Herndon 2 episodes, 1988
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ...  Secretary of War Edwin Stanton 2 episodes, 1988
George Ede George Ede ...  Edward McManus 2 episodes, 1988
Robin Gammell ...  Stephen Douglas 2 episodes, 1988
James Gammon ...  Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 2 episodes, 1988
Thomas Gibson ...  William Sprague 2 episodes, 1988
Tim Guinee ...  Col. Elmer Ellsworth 2 episodes, 1988
David Leary ...  Gen. George McClellan 2 episodes, 1988
Cleavon Little ...  Frederick Douglass 2 episodes, 1988
John McMartin ...  Salmon P. Chase 2 episodes, 1988
Patrick Rowe Patrick Rowe ...  Ward Hill Lamon 2 episodes, 1988
John Houseman ...  Gen. Winfield Scott 2 episodes, 1988
James Anklam James Anklam ...  Telegraph Operator #1 2 episodes, 1988
Bev Appleton Bev Appleton ...  Office Seeker #2 2 episodes, 1988
Joe Ayres Joe Ayres ...  Singing Soldier 2 episodes, 1988
Greg Baber ...  Henry 2 episodes, 1988
Coby Batty Coby Batty ...  Earle 2 episodes, 1988
Charles Thomas Baxter Charles Thomas Baxter ...  Staff Captain 2 episodes, 1988
Joshua Billings Joshua Billings ...  Assistant Manager 2 episodes, 1988
Roy Butler Roy Butler ...  Southern Congressman #3 2 episodes, 1988
Dick Cheatham Dick Cheatham ...  Staff Officer 2 episodes, 1988
Bill Chorney Bill Chorney ...  Allan Pinkerton 2 episodes, 1988
Ray Collins Ray Collins ...  Office Seeker #5 2 episodes, 1988
Ritchie Copenhaver Ritchie Copenhaver ...  Captain Holmes 2 episodes, 1988
Del Driver Del Driver ...  Thompson 2 episodes, 1988
Glenn Faigen Glenn Faigen ...  John Wilkes Booth 2 episodes, 1988
Bill Falkenstein Bill Falkenstein ...  Plenipotentiary 2 episodes, 1988
Kevin Grantz Kevin Grantz ...  Office Seeker #3 2 episodes, 1988
Fay Greenbaum Fay Greenbaum ...  Mrs. Ord 2 episodes, 1988
Dick Harrington Dick Harrington ...  Stewart 2 episodes, 1988
Rick Hite Rick Hite ...  Speaker Hickman 2 episodes, 1988
J. Michael Hunter J. Michael Hunter ...  Office Seeker #1 2 episodes, 1988
Karen Hutcheson Karen Hutcheson ...  Julia Grant 2 episodes, 1988
Edward James Hyland ...  Editor Forney 2 episodes, 1988
Philip Hyland Philip Hyland ...  Young Soldier 2 episodes, 1988
Helen Jervey Helen Jervey ...  Mrs. Laury 2 episodes, 1988
Marion Johnson Marion Johnson ...  Blair 2 episodes, 1988
Lee Lively Lee Lively ...  General Wood 2 episodes, 1988
Jim Lowell Jim Lowell ...  Southern Congressman #2 2 episodes, 1988
Tom Mason ...  Southern Congressman #1 2 episodes, 1988
John Mingus John Mingus ...  Governor Curtin 2 episodes, 1988
Kevin Murray ...  Hotel Clerk 2 episodes, 1988
Patrick Coe McCluskey Patrick Coe McCluskey ...  Willie Perham 2 episodes, 1988
R. Max Ramsey R. Max Ramsey ...  Manservant 2 episodes, 1988
Adrian Rieder Adrian Rieder ...  Fred Grant 2 episodes, 1988
Stephen Rudlin Stephen Rudlin ...  Telegraph Operator #2 2 episodes, 1988
Alan Sader Alan Sader ...  Sickles 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Schauer Michael Schauer ...  Barkeep 2 episodes, 1988
Bob Schindler Bob Schindler ...  Sergeant 2 episodes, 1988
Troy Sweeney Troy Sweeney ...  Tad Lincoln 2 episodes, 1988
Richard Travis Richard Travis ...  Nicolay 2 episodes, 1988
Rick Warner Rick Warner ...  Staff Colonel 2 episodes, 1988
Paul Welch Paul Welch ...  Willie Lincoln 2 episodes, 1988
Phil Whiteay Phil Whiteay ...  Glove Salesman 2 episodes, 1988
Tom Width Tom Width ...  Surgeon 2 episodes, 1988
Mary Tyler Moore ...  Mary Todd Lincoln 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Waterston ...  Abraham Lincoln 2 episodes, 1988


After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. Beneath his folksy charm and unassuming manner, he shows himself to be a shrewd politician who is able to overcome his wife's neurotic behavior and the death of his son. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Drama | History | War







Release Date:

27 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gore Vidal's Lincoln See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are many inaccuracies regarding the layout of the White House. In Lincoln's day, the second floor Yellow Oval Room served as a library, not as his office. The cabinet room is incorrectly placed in the State Dining Room on the first floor. The current Lincoln Bedroom served as both Lincoln's office and cabinet room (hence the name) during his presidency. See more »


Abraham Lincoln: To run away when someone is shooting guns at you is a sensible reaction, I think it would be my own.
Abraham Lincoln: Faced with a battery of guns, I might find myself some nice tree to rest behind.
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Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »


Go Tell It on the Mountain
Written by John Wesley Work Jr. (1860s)
Heard at White House party
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Somewhere In The Middle Of Ratings
25 November 2012 | by denis888See all my reviews

This is a nice piece of work, but far from being ideal. It was clear the filmmakers had little funds so that they used the re-enactors to show the battle scenes, and the color scheme in those differs a lot. But that is OK. The film itself is a bit too long and bit too unrealistic. Gore Vidal was a writer and he did bring a lot of fiction onto real events. But despite all this, Watterson and Tyler did their main parts well and that counts as a big plus. In general, not bad, but still, much weaker than many other Civil War films of the era. The movie pays a decent tribute to the life and sufferings of a real great man, but it often tends to drag along or slow down painfully quite too often. Recommended but with some caution

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