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Abe Lincoln in Illinois ( Spirit of the People )

Raymond Massey , Gene Lockhart , John Cromwell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard, Minor Watson
  • Directors: John Cromwell
  • Producers: Abe Lincoln in Illinois ( Spirit of the People ), Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Spirit of the People
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 110.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L2AFSS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Italy released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Covers the period from Lincoln's early years as a Kentucky woodsman until his election to the Presidency in 1860. Included are his first love, his marriage, the Illinois law practice and his debates with Stephen Douglas. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Abe Lincoln in Illinois ( Spirit of the People )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old fashioned classic 28 April 2013
By ibsy
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The title of review might put some off but to find fine acting linked to a good & moving story from Hollywoods heyday is a refreshing change these days
Massey & Gordon are quite brilliant in their roles not at all stereotyped or in Lincoln's case glorified but a believable portrayal of a great & flawed man. Sherwoods script is very good with the supporting cast generally good. Quality of print esp. soundtrack excellent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln 1 Mar 2013
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Since Danny Day-Lewis won his Oscar for his performance as Lincoln, I wanted to view other performers in the same role and Raymond Massey performance was also outstanding......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be overlooked 20 April 2001
By Paul Sayles - Published on
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This film is the perfect film recreation of Abraham Lincoln. Raymond Massey is brilliantly cast as young Mr. Lincoln. Whenever I think of Lincoln films, I think of Raymond Massey as the one and only Lincoln. The overall casting is superb and the story is exceptional and is well presented. There are a number of memorable points in the film. Lincoln's first introduction to politics is amusing. I tend to think that Ruth Gordon's portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln is right on. Lincoln rarely stands up to her in her critiscm of thier lifestyle, his clothes, etc., but when he does, it is extremely powerful.
Massey doesn't do this on his own. The ensemble cast is exceptional, from the teacher who helps him improve his education, to the local judge, to his law partner and Stephen A. Douglas. All these people help make this film the exceptional story that it is.
If there is one film about Lincoln to recommend, this would be my first pick.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Mr. Lincoln 17 Feb 1999
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With all due respect to Henry Fonda, Walter Huston, and a myriad of other cinematic Lincolns, Raymond Massey is the Abe to end all Abes. His moving and mesmerizing performance gives us the real Mr. Lincoln in all his complexity. Alongside the warmth, compassion and humor for which we love and revere Mr. Lincoln, we see in Massey the dark side as well: the doubts, fears, indecision and deep melancholia with which Abraham Lincoln struggled his whole life. Ruth Gordon is superb as Lincoln's ambitious and rather overbearing wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. No hagiography, this movie lets us see the Lincolns as human beings with real "issues", rather than as mere heroes of history. Besides all this, we have Massey's physical resemblance to Lincoln, which is at times astonishing.
What's most amazing is that the spirit of the most quintessentially American of our American heroes should be so wonderfully captured and portrayed by ... a Canadian!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Done Exquisitely 17 Jan 2000
By Alex - Published on
Poetic, stagy adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winning play with Raymond Massey breaking all ground for anyone who has ever portrayed Honest Abe. There's fine support also from Ruth Gordon as Mary Todd, his wife, and Gene Lockhart as Stephen Douglas. You know how it ends, but still a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Massey "IS" Abraham Lincoln! 24 Mar 2005
By P. B. Molgaard - Published on
My wife and I agree that this movie is the best portrayal of one of America's finest presidents. I have collected and read many books on Mr. Lincoln and this production really does capture the spirit of what I believe the man "Lincoln" was like. I would highly recommend this to the one interested in living history.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable! 28 Feb 2003
By Daryl Inman - Published on
This film, I believe released in 1940 is a very accurate portrayal of Abraham Lincoln's life from young man to right after his election to the Presidency. It appears that great research went into portraying the true psychology of the main characters as well as giving the audience a view of that time period. Two great stars appear in this movie along with a great supporting cast. Ruth Gordon plays Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd. She is superb in this role. Raymond Massey is unparalleled acting as Abe. He even looks very much like Lincoln and with mannerisms I had previously read about. He is probably the best actor to ever play the part. Also the costume design looks very authentic along with the other details of that time period. See for yourself! I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and also the music in it. You won't be disappointed!!
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