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Saving Lincoln (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography | 13 February 2013 (USA)
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The true story of Abraham Lincoln and his bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. This unique film features sets created from actual Civil War photographs.


Salvador Litvak





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Amandes ... Abraham Lincoln
Lea Coco ... Ward Hill Lamon
Penelope Ann Miller ... Mary Todd Lincoln
Bruce Davison ... William H. Seward
Creed Bratton ... Senator Charles Sumner
Saidah Arrika Ekulona ... Mrs. Elizabeth Keckly
Josh Stamberg ... Salmon P. Chase
Robert Craighead ... Edwin Stanton
Lew Temple ... Montgomery Blair
Michael Maize ... Billy Herndon
Steven Brand ... Ned Baker
Adam Croasdell ... Col. Elmer Ellsworth
Elijah Nelson ... Willie Lincoln
Joshua Rush ... Tad Lincoln
Joe Ochman ... Judge David Davis


The true story of Abraham Lincoln and his bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. This unique film features sets created from actual Civil War photographs. Written by Salvador Litvak

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The true story of an epic friendship




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Release Date:

13 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O guardião de Lincoln See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)
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The film uses historical photos, many from the Library of Congress, as the backdrops for the scenes in which the actors were placed via green screen. A process which director Salvador Litvak calls 'CineCollage'. See more »


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Arranged by Willie Aron
Performed by Lea Coco - Banjo and Vocals
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Groundbreaking Portrayal of Lincoln
13 February 2013 | by ajlewis-607-650328See all my reviews

I was moved by this film. As someone who has lived in the DC area my entire life, has visited Ford's Theater on numerous occasions, and has been to Gettysburg, Antietam, and other civil war battlefields more times than I can remember, I felt that seeing Tom Amandes' portrayal of Lincoln this evening brought me closer to understanding Lincoln the man than I have ever been. Amandes' Lincoln was not overplayed, but real and genuine. Litvak was bold in creating his Lincoln as a man of faith and emotion, natural charisma and strength. Lincoln's melancholy made him more endearing, not distant. Penelope Ann Miller's Mary Todd was also genuine, a person of real emotion, not the disconnected and distant caricature that she has been portrayed in previous films. Lea Coco was masterful in walking the line between obsessive, monomaniacal protector and best friend of the most indispensable man of his time. No spoiler here, but Coco's finest hour came towards the end of the film in my opinion, when he as Lamon visibly let down his guard for the first time, no longer able to protect his friend. What an amazing piece of art this film is. Seeing the actual images of Civil War soldiers in the hospital behind Lincoln in one scene tapped an emotional well in me as I realized that these were real people, real faces of the men who fought and died for their country, and for this I must say that the Cinecollage method that Litvak has brought to life is a treasure that is capable of connecting us with our history in a way that is unique and of deep value. I applaud the creator and cast for the wonderful film and eagerly await the opportunity to see it again.

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