- 2 hr 29 min
Steven Spielberg is the director and producer of this historical drama. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. The film starts out with Lincoln sitting at a train depot talking to soldiers in a very casual manner. Predominately the movie is about his trying to pass the 13th Amendment that will end slavery, and hopefully end the war. There are many who don't want to end slavery, feeling that it would create bigger problems. There are three characters that are hired by Lincoln through Secretary of State William Seward to strongly encourage Democrats that have no reason not to vote for the 13th Amendment. They don't actually bribe the Democrats, but they do promise federal jobs in exchange for the votes. Lincoln feels it's imperative to have the 13th Amendment passed before the new Congress goes into effect in January. With all that is going on for Lincoln, the war and such, he must deal with turmoil in his own household. His wife, Mary Todd(Sally Field), is emotional, if not insane, and his son Robert wants to sign up for the army. The stress takes its toll on Lincoln, and he ages dramatically throughout the film. Lincoln is later shown riding through the battlefield of Petersburg, Virginia, where he meets General Grant. The amendment has already passed. Grant later then accepts General Lee's surrender. The film then takes us forward to the night of April 14, 1865, when Lincoln is at Ford's Theater. Lincoln is shot in the head, and one sees his youngest son hearing the news while watching the play. The next day, Lincoln is curled up in a little bed with a blood stained pillow under his head. The movie finishes with a flashback of his Second Inaugural Address. The movie runs two hours and thirty minutes. The drama is PG-13, for violence and some rough language. This film was based somewhat on the biography written by Doris Kearns Goodwin.