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Killing Lincoln (2013)

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Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.


Adrian Moat


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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Himself - Narrator
Regen Wilson ... Peter Taltavul
Billy Campbell ... Abraham Lincoln
Jesse Johnson ... John Wilkes Booth
Geraldine Hughes ... Mary Todd Lincoln
Graham Beckel ... Edwin Stanton
Shawn Pyfrom ... Private John W. Nichols
Greg Cooper Greg Cooper ... Alexander Gardner
Andrew Collie Andrew Collie ... James McCollom
Jeremy Ambler Jeremy Ambler ... George Robinson
Joe Inscoe ... Doctor May
Benjamin Perkinson Benjamin Perkinson ... Tad Lincoln (as Ben Perkinson)
Logan Bennett Logan Bennett ... John McCullough
Geoffrey Culbertson Geoffrey Culbertson ... Honor Guard Soldier
Leiv Clegg Leiv Clegg ... Proud Slave


Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

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Release Date:

17 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln See more »

Filming Locations:

Petersburg, Virginia, USA See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Raynor Scheine (Samuel Mudd) and Ted Johnson (William H. Seward) also appeared in "Lincoln" (2012) as different characters. See more »


When the photograph is being taken of Booth's autopsy, narrator Tom Hanks refers to Secretary of War Stanton as "Secretary of State Stanton." See more »


Abraham Lincoln: The doors to the white house stand open, to one and all, day and night. My life is within reach of anyone, sane or mad. By the hand of a murder I can die but once, but to go continually in fear, well that is to die over and over... and over again.
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Referenced in Uncovering the Truth: Killing Lincoln (2013) See more »

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Pretty good movie, educational
3 January 2015 | by gabriellkolmercc16See all my reviews

I think that this is a good movie. As for myself not being a huge documentary fan, that aspect of he film wasn't so much to my liking. I wish it had been more of a movie with a plot and storyline, without all of the narrating. However for the purpose that I was to watch it (a history class assignment) I learned a lot through it, and despite my negative feelings toward he narration, Tom Hanks does a wonderful job setting the viewer up and giving them a sufficient amount of background knowledge to be able to understand the happenings of the movie. Also at some points throughout the movie, the way that certain scenes were filmed seemed a bit shaken almost, unprofessional-like. Now whether that was done on purpose or not, I was not very pleased with that. I did like the way that before a new event began in the movie, or a new scene, the time, place and date were shown. Again providing the viewer with background information so they don't get too lost in following the story. As for the story itself, the story of the assassination of President Lincoln, in my opinion, was told very well through this movie. I liked the way that it seemed to take an objective approach and just told the story how it happened, without seeming to really advocate for either side more than the other. It was very informative and I thought that the casting was done well too. John Wilkes Booth's character especially fit, I think, because he just seems creepy the whole way through the movie, with his mustache and the journal entries he writes of his self justification for the terrible thing he has done. All in all I think that this movie was a good movie, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the story of Lincoln's assassination or who particularly enjoy historical documentaries.

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