Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

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“Lincoln” is a historical drama film released in 2012, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the titular role of Abraham Lincoln. The film is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” and focuses on the last few months of Lincoln’s life during the American Civil War.

The story follows President Abraham Lincoln as he navigates the complexities of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which aimed to abolish slavery in the United States. The film delves into the political and personal challenges faced by Lincoln as he grapples with the immense pressure of uniting a divided nation and bringing an end to slavery.

Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a remarkable performance as Lincoln, portraying him as a compassionate, intelligent, and determined leader. The film also features an ensemble cast, including Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Lincoln’s son Robert, and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, a key supporter of the Thirteenth Amendment.

“Lincoln” received critical acclaim for its historical accuracy, direction, screenplay, and performances. It was praised for shedding light on Lincoln’s political acumen and moral leadership during one of the most pivotal periods in American history. The film went on to receive several award nominations, including multiple Academy Award nominations, and won two Oscars, one for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and another for Best Production Design.

With its meticulous attention to detail and powerful storytelling, “Lincoln” stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Abraham Lincoln and remains a significant and thought-provoking film about one of the most revered figures in American history.


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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Box Office: $275.3 million
  • Awards: Won Academy Award; Nominated British Academy Award; Won Golden Globe; Nominated Grammy Awards
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  • Daniel Day-Lewis: Abraham Lincoln
  • Sally Field: Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Gloria Reuben: Elizabeth Keckley
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Robert Todd Lincoln
  • Gulliver McGrath: Tad Lincoln
  • Stephen Henderson: William Slade
  • Elizabeth Marvel: Mrs. Jolly
  • Bill Camp: Mr. Jolly
  • Adam Driver: Samuel Beckwith
  • Jared Harris: Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Gran
  • Asa-Luke Twocrow: Lieutenant Colonel Ely S. Parker
  • Colman Domingo: Private Harold Green
  • David Oyelowo: Corporal Ira Clark
  • Lukas Haas: First White Soldier
  • Dane DeHaan: Second White Soldier
  • David Strathairn: William H. Seward
  • Bruce McGill: Edwin M. Stanton
  • Joseph Cross: Major John Hay
  • Jeremy Strong: John George Nicolay
  • Grainger Hines: Gideon Welles
  • Richard Topol: James Speed
  • Dakin Matthews: John Palmer Usher
  • Walt Smith: William P. Fessenden
  • James Ike Eichling: William Dennison
  • Tommy Lee Jones: Thaddeus Stevens
  • Lee Pace: Fernando Wood
  • Peter McRobbie: George H. Pendleton
  • Bill Raymond: Schuyler Colfax
  • David Costabile: James Ashley
  • Stephen Spinella:Asa Vintner Litton
  • Michael Stuhlbarg: George Yeaman
  • Boris McGiver: Alexander Coffroth
  • Walton Goggins: Clay Hawkins
  • David Warshofsky: William Hutton
  • Michael Stanton Kennedy: Hiram Price
  • Raynor Scheine: Josiah S. “Beanpole” Burton
  • Christopher Evan Welch: Edward McPherson
  • Hal Holbrook: Francis Preston Blair
  • James Spader: William N. Bilbo
  • Tim Blake Nelson:  Richard Schell
  • John Hawkes: Robert Latham
  • Byron Jennings: Montgomery Blair
  • Julie White: Elizabeth Blair Lee
  • S. Epatha Merkerson: Lydia Smith
  • Wayne Duvall: Benjamin “Bluff Ben” Wade
  • John Hutton: Charles Sumner
  • Jackie Earle Haley: Alexander H. Stephens
  • Gregory Itzin: John Archibald Campbell.
  • Michael Shiflett: Robert M. T. Hunter
  • Christopher Boyer: Robert E. Lee


  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
  • Screenplay: Tony Kushner
  • Music: John Williams

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