- Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris
- Directors: Steven Spielberg
- Format: Subtitled, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: Unknown
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 10 Jun. 2013
- Run Time: 150 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 702 customer reviews
- ASIN: B008OHCO1E
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Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. Nominated for 12 Oscars and winner of BAFTA Best Actor- Daniel Day-Lewis.
As with the great John Ford (Young Mr. Lincoln) before him, it would be out of character for Steven Spielberg to construct a conventional, cradle-to-grave portrait of a historical figure. In drawing from Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, the director instead depicts a career-defining moment in the career of Abraham Lincoln (an uncharacteristically restrained Daniel Day-Lewis). With the Civil War raging, and the death toll rising, the president focuses his energies on passage of the 13th Amendment. Even those sympathetic to the cause question his timing, but Lincoln doesn't see the two issues as separate, and the situation turns personal when his son, Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), chooses to enlist rather than to study law. While still mourning the loss of one son, Mary (Sally Field) can't bear to lose another. Playwright Tony Kushner, who adapted the screenplay, takes a page from the procedural handbook in tracing Lincoln's steps to win over enough representatives to abolish slavery, while simultaneously bringing a larger-than-life leader down to a more manageable size. In his stooped-shoulder slouch and Columbo-like speech, Day-Lewis succeeds so admirably that the more outspoken characters, like congressman Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) and lobbyist W.N. Bilbo (James Spader), threaten to steal the spotlight whenever they enter the scene, but the levity of their performances provides respite from the complicated strategising and carnage-strewn battlefields. If Lincoln doesn't thrill like the Kushner-penned Munich, there's never a dull moment--though it would take a second viewing to catch all the political nuances. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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There is an eloquent explanation given by Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) near the beginning of the film which clarifies the political and legal dilemma faced by the abolitionists; the remainder of the film sees the process by which Lincoln and his supporters build cross-party agreement and individual support from “lame ducks” (politicians who have lost their seats, but are still in office till their successors take over).
The period detail is fascinating and the depiction of events seem very accurate – at least to my own knowledge anyway. UK viewers are perhaps at a disadvantage as American history isn`t generally given much coverage in our education system, but the drama and political horse-trading should provide enough story to engage most viewers.
The cinematography is beautiful and evocative; rather sombre in colour-range reflecting the period, lamp-lit interiors and the background of relentless war.
The cast is superb.
One of the finest historical films I've had the pleasure of watching, this held me for all it's near 2 ½ hours; it could well be Spielberg`s masterpiece – certainly one of his best films.
The UK DVD release has two extras; a short “making of “ documentary at just under 9 minutes and “Crafting the Past” a look at the costume, set design and period detailing of the film.
a remarkable and intense account of 'Lincoln's' determination to abolish
slavery in the Southern States.
Not only has he to find a way of convincing 20 members of the Democrat party,
he also has many within his own ranks to convince.
Four million slaves await for outcome of the vote.
agreement will hasten the conclusion of hostility paving the way to reunite
All men are created equal.........????
'Steven Spielberg' again delivers quality as he has over and over again down
the years, along with a mesmerising performance by 'Daniel Day-Lewis'
The film has many outstanding performances on board in this powerful drama,
another 'Spielberg' classic surely.
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