Lincoln | Indy Week


Rated PG-13 150 min. 2012

Steven Spielberg's latest confines itself to the final two chapters of Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the Great Emancipator, which cover the final effort to pass the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery through a lame-duck House of Representatives during January 1865. Spielberg focuses on the political process, the fractured forces both propelling and obstructing the passage of this landmark amendment, using this as a springboard into Lincoln's moral fortitude, political aptitude and private torments. In recent times, two the most beaten Oscar paths have been: a) portrayals of historical figures, and b) being Daniel Day-Lewis. And yes, Day-Lewis' performance as Lincoln is monumental, wholly capturing both the grandeur and frailties of the man.

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Tony Kushnerr and Doris Kearns Goodwin

Producer: Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Jackie Earle Haley, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris, James Spader, Lee Pace, David Strathairn and John Hawkes

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