DVD - 2013
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : DreamWorks Pictures, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Lin
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 150 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 30, 2019

Talking heads.

Jul 25, 2018

I think Thomas Frank said it best, calling Steven Spielberg the "Michelangelo of the trite."

This is a film treatment based on Doris Kearns Goodwin boring historical tome *Team of Rivals* where "bi-partisanship" is fetishized for its own sake, never mind what's best for the country or the voter.

I would highly recommend reading Frank's essay from Harper's on the film, also included in his most recent book of essays, "Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society." The essay captures part of the essence of why indeed our society is sinking -- and also due to people thinking that this film is admirable and worthy of praise. It is not...

Jul 23, 2018

Overall, well-done production of the last four months of the Civil War/Lincoln's life, including him holding onto a larger goal of reunification and the 13th Amendment, both. Daniel Day-Lewis depicts this great thinker very well, including his times of depression and self-doubt, and a deliberate choice to engage in jobs patronage for getting Democrats' votes for the 13th. Also a touching look at his quiet and deep affection for his remaining sons. Disappointed in Sally Fields' role, which seemed too negative/easily pigeonholed as crazy rather than managing various deaths. There are a couple "made-for-screen" moments in explaining the action which point out the obvious.

Jul 07, 2018

There are some bits that don’t belong in a great movie—Tad yelling ‘Nooo!’ in slow motion with his hand reaching toward the camera is just embarrassing. But one can hardly list all the things that are true and work. For those of us who live in democracies, the most reassuring message is that it’s still possible to aim a fine, rather ambitious, morally uplifting movie at a wide audience.

An extremely mediocre film.
Should have been called "The ratification of the 13th Amendment", as it takes up 95% of the movie.

It's visually decent, Daniel Day Lewis is good, and there are no obvious blunders, BUT, that's about it.
It's only OK.

For the most part it's long, boring, and they constantly break the 4th-Wall speaking to the audience.
Plus: The use of the eloquent and high-brow speech of the 19th Century is almost indecipherable without closed captioning.

Jun 26, 2017

Overall an excellent and compelling historical film portraying our finest President, Abraham Lincoln, and his tireless efforts and the efforts of so many in Congress, to bring about the passing of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery. This film shows some of the horrors of the Civil War, an awful period of American history. It is interesting to note how the Republican and the Democratic Parties differed in those early days from the parties we know today.

It has always been so sad and tragic that Lincoln was assassinated. But history has shown us over and over that our leaders who want and can bring about positive change are often despised by those with evil hearts who oppose freedom and equality for all.

Daniel Day-Lewis was amazing as Lincoln. Many well-known actors appear in this film including Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Apr 07, 2017

Lincoln's political skills were crucial to the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It replaced the Emancipation Proclamation, which was basically a presidential order, enforced through wartime powers Lincoln knew might well be revoked by the courts shortly after the war. He also felt that once the Southern States were fully re-instated to the Union their representatives would not give it passage in the House. This race, between the end of the war and the passage of the amendment turned this into a gripping suspense story for me (even tho I knew how it ended!). Largely told through its many characters and outstanding settings; and given depth by the tragic personal stories of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. I feel that Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field richly deserve the Oscars they received, as did Tommy Lee Jones, who played the crusty Abolitionist leader Thaddeus Stephens. Among my favorite supporting cast members are David Straithairn as Secretary of State William Seward, James Spader as political operative W.N Bilbo, and Gloria Reuben in a small but powerful role as Mrs. Keckley.

Feb 11, 2017

kinda boring sometimes but the acting is superb

Nov 10, 2016

I liked this DVD. I recommend this to all ages. I enjoy historical dramas. This was well done. It represents all the difficult obstacles he had to experience to live his life.

Aug 01, 2016

This movie depicts an America divided over the issue of slavery and the man who with sheer will and determination re-united it while at the same time abolishing slavery in America once and for all and bringing to an end the Civil War. It shows us that politics was the same then as it is now with the buying and selling of votes and special interest groups attempting to influence government policy. It also shows that in spite of the shortcomings of government great good can be accomplished. In this case the passing of the 13th Amendment bringing an end to slavery in America. We also get a broader picture of Lincoln the man as we see snapshots of his relationships with his wife, his sons, the armed forces, his cabinet, and the general public. This movie teaches us why government of the people, by the people, for the people must never disappear!

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?

Nov 22, 2015

LINCOLN: You’re an engineer, you must know Euclid’s axioms and common notions. HOMER BATES: I must’ve in school, but... LINCOLN: I never had much of schooling, but I read Euclid, in an old book I borrowed. Little enough ever found (touching his cranium) - but once learnt it stayed learnt. Euclid’s first common notion is this: “Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.” OBSERVATION: Homer doesn’t get it; neither does Sam. LINCOLN (CONT’D): That’s a rule of mathematical reasoning. It’s true because it works; has done and always will do. In his book, Euclid says this is “self-evident.” (a beat) D’you see? There it is, even in that two-thousand year old book of mechanical law: it is a self-evident truth that things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other. We begin with equality. That’s the origin, isn’t it? That balance, that’s fairness, that’s justice.

Apr 25, 2013

Abraham Lincoln: "...It was right after The Revolution, right after peace had been concluded. And Ethan Allen went to London to help our new country conduct its business with the king. The English sneered at how rough we are, and rude, and simple-minded, and on like that, everywhere he went. Til one day he was invited to the townhouse of a great English lord. Dinner was served, beverages imbibed, time passed as happens and Mr. Allen found he needed the privy. He was grateful to be directed to this... Relieved, you might say." (cont'd)

Apr 25, 2013

Abraham Lincoln: (cont'd) "Mr. Allen discovered on entering the water closet that the only decoration therein was a portrait of George Washington. Ethan Allen done what he came to do and returned to the drawing room. His host and the others were disappointed when he didn't mention Washington's portrait. And finally his lordship couldn't resist and asked Mr. Allen had he noticed it. The picture of Washington. He had. Well what did he think of its placement? Did it seem appropriately located to Mr. Allen? And Mr. Allen said it did. The host was astounded. "Appropriate? George Washington's likeness in a water closet?" "Yes," said Mr. Allen, "where it will do good service. The world knows nothing will make an Englishman sh*t quicker than the sight of George Washington." "

aaa5756 Apr 05, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Mar 31, 2013

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -Franklin D Roosevelt

aaa5756 Mar 19, 2013

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.”
-Abraham Lincoln

aaa5756 Mar 19, 2013

“It’s best to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” -Abraham Lincoln

aaa5756 Mar 19, 2013

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

aaa5756 Mar 19, 2013

“The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.” -Frank Zappa


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Dec 04, 2013

While confederate and union forces battle, the government grapples with ending both the war and slavery.


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Jul 23, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Opens with brutal hand-to-hand combat/killing between white Confederate troops and black Union troops.


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