April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President. Starring Lance Henriksen as the Great ... See full summary »

Director:

John Gray

Writers:

Jim Bishop (book), Tim Metcalfe (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Morrow ... John Wilkes Booth
Lance Henriksen ... President Abraham Lincoln
Donna Murphy ... Mary Todd Lincoln
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Lucy Hale
Wil Wheaton ... Robert Todd Lincoln
Titus Welliver ... Lewis Thornton Paine
Jaimz Woolvett ... David E. Herold
Jeremy Sisto ... Frederick Seward
Kirk B.R. Woller ... George A. Atzerodt (as Kirk B. R. Woller)
John Pleshette ... Secretary of State William Henry Seward
Gregory Itzin ... Mr. Crook
Adam Lamberg ... Thomas 'Tad' Lincoln
John Ashton ... Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant
Eddie Jones ... Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton
Nancy Robinette Nancy Robinette ... Mary E. Surratt
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April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President. Starring Lance Henriksen as the Great Emancipator and Rob Morrow as assassin John Wilkes Booth, this riveting recreation of The Day Lincoln Was Shot (from Jim Bishop's landmark book) is a thrilling and detailed chronicle of the plot, murder and manhunt that changed America forever. To avenge what he called the Confederacy's "noble cause," Booth conspires with his motley followers, rages and boasts, and aspires to a place in history as a Great Man. The weary Lincoln, longing for a just peace, meets with his Cabinet, steals precious time with his family and dreams - literally - of the death of a President. Minute by minute, killer and victim edge closer to the burst of gunfire at Ford's Theatre that stopped Lincoln's heart - and shattered the country's soul. Written by Anonymous

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The Murder. The Manhunt. The Events That Stunned A Nation.


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Not Rated

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Lance Henriksen previously appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind for director Steven Spielberg, who directed the 2012 film Lincoln. See more »

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Booth met George Atzerodt while Lincoln was in a meeting with his cabinet members about the reconciliations of the South for Reconstruction, yet in real life, he met Atzerodt about Booth's only change in the plan while dropping his letter to Andrew Johnson. See more »

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John Wilkes Booth: What we are talking about is property, slaves are property, valuable, well taken care of. Uhh, gentlemen treats his slaves the way he would his finest tools, with care and concern. It's in his own best interest to do so. Now this... dictator, declares they are free. What happens now? What *happens* to these free men? Free to what? Free to go where? What what what are they trained for? It's insanity. I mean does this man truly believe that he can obliterate a way of life that is centuries old?
John Surratt: ...
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Connections

Remake of Ford Star Jubilee: The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956) See more »

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Splendid!
20 October 2001 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

This fine film was like an intellectual feast for a history buff like me. We finally have a decent film about one of the darkest events in American History. I think the only other film I can remember that was devoted exclusively to Lincoln's murder was The Lincoln Conspiracy (!). This is another great historical film from TNT. Rob Morrow and Lance Hendricksen are both splendid. Its almost like a Biblical morality play capturing Lincoln's good and Booth's absolute evil (Morrow is positively chilling as the assassin, it sort of reminds me of Frank Sinatra in Suddenly). The details of this film are absolutely correct, they even remember to mention the fact that Lincoln dreamed of his own murder just a few nights before. The suspense is well handled especially leading up to the assassination. This is a fine adaptation of Jim Bishop's book and I am amazed at all the ground they covered in just a two hour movie! If you get a chance rent it on video. By the way, Booth shouts "sic semper tyrannis" when he kills Lincoln. For those of you who never had Latin, that means "Death to the tyrants"


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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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