"Lincoln" (2012 movie) is a historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the final four months of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency, the full measure of the man — his passion and his humanity — came to bear on his defining battle: to plot a forward path for a shattered nation, against overwhelming odds and extreme public and personal pressure.

The movie provides an intimate immersion into the American leader's most perilous and revealing moments, at a time when the dark shadow of slavery lifts and a country torn by war must be made whole.

A rich human drama plays out as Lincoln doubles down to end the devastating Civil War not merely by ending the war but by fighting to pass the 13th Amendment, permanently abolishing slavery. It will be an act of true national daring. He will have to call upon all the skill, courage and moral fortitude for which he'll become legend. He will grapple with the impact of his actions on the world and on those he loves. But what lies in the balance is what always mattered most to Lincoln: to compel the American people, and those in his government of opposite persuasions, to alter course and aim higher, toward a greater good for all mankind.

Brought to life via a layered screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, Spielberg's starkly human storytelling and the performance of Daniel Day-Lewis leading an accomplished cast, the film invites audiences directly into the heart and soul of Lincoln's final achievements. The Lincoln who emerges is a man of raw paradoxes: funny and solemn, a playful storyteller and fierce power broker, a shrewd commander and a vulnerable father. But in his nation's darkest hour, when the times demand the very best of people, he reaches from within himself for something powerful and everlasting.

The film's cast is headed by Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones.

"Lincoln" is a Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures release of a DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment presentation in association with Participant Media and Dune Entertainment of an Amblin Entertainment/Kennedy/Marshall Co. production. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The producers are Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, and the executive producers are Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.

Spielberg joins with his long-trusted team behind the camera: director of photography Janusz Kaminski, production designer Rick Carter, costume designer Joanna Johnston, editor Michael Kahn and composer John Williams — whose talents combine to make the war-torn world that Lincoln irrevocably changed in 1865 a visceral, contemporary experience.


Genre: Drama
Runtime: 150 mins.
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures
Co-Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures
Production Companies:
Twentieth Century Fox
Reliance Entertainment
Participant Media
Dune Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment
Kennedy/Marshall Co.

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