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The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998)

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

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.


Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atentat na Linkolna See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Lewis Paine is stabbing Secretary Seward in his bed, at the right of the screen you can see a camera operator. See more »

Quotes

President Abraham Lincoln: Goodbye Crook!
Crook: You mean goodnight sir?
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Connections

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

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Interesting Effort
9 March 2004 | by historynutSee all my reviews

I like this movie a lot. Proof that Ted Turner's people are better off sticking with "made for TV" movies as opposed to trying to go "big screen" (see: "Gods and Generals" for one such disaster).

I did not particularly care for some of the "MTV-like" camera angles and going from color to black and white (hopefully this "fad" will die a quick death).

Lance Henrickson is a fine actor and did a great job as Lincoln. Unlike Henrickson, Lincoln was a "western" country hick with a higher pitched voice and did not have the graceful mannerisms Henrickson protrayed in this film (I blame the casting, not Henrickson, for this), but it's no big deal, unless you are a nit-picker who liked to show off your deft knowledge of history.

Rob Morrow kicked ass as Booth. Another very underrated actor.

Here again, as in the TNT effort "Andersonville" which in my view is the most unique and my absolute favorite Civil War movie to date, I believe that the using of mostly "role actors" pays off.

Bizarre as it may sound, I really believe that background, incidental music can make or break a movie, especially a period piece such as this. And with this movie, it's excellent!

I doubt Hollywierd will ever treat Lincoln on the "big screen" again (as has been done before many many years ago). So I guess we will have to settle for TV efforts like this. And if they are all this good, that could be a good thing!


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