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

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln

Release Date: November 16, 2012

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.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln 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 (Munich, West Side Story), 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.

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • DANIEL DAY LEWIS,
  • SALLY FIELD,
  • TOMMY LEE JONES,
  • DAVID STRATHAIRN,
  • JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT,
  • JAMES SPADER,
  • HAL HOLBROOK,
  • JOHN HAWKES,
  • JACKIE EARLE HALEY,
  • BRUCE MCGILL,
  • TIM BLAKE NELSON,
  • JOSEPH CROSS,
  • JARED HARRIS,
  • LEE PACE
DIRECTOR
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG
SCREENWRITER
  • TONY KUSHNER,
  • BASED IN PART ON A BOOK BY DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
PRODUCERS
  • KATHLEEN KENNEDY,
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG,
  • KRISTIE MACOSKO KRIEGER,
  • ADAM SOMNER
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • JANUSZ KAMINSKI
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • RICK CARTER
COSTUME DESIGNER
  • JOANNA JOHNSTON
EDITOR
  • MICHAEL KAHN
COMPOSER
  • JOHN WILLIAMS
AWARDS
  • ACADEMY AWARDS: BEST ACTOR (DANIEL DAY-LEWIS); BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN