Lincoln | Chicago Reader


Steven Spielberg's long-gestating drama about the 16th president opens with an atrocious scene in which weary Union soldiers, both white and black, recite the Gettysburg Address for their visiting commander in chief. Miraculously, this sentimental drivel is followed by an admirably clear-eyed account of Lincoln's last three months, focusing on the high ideals and low political gamesmanship that enabled him to pass the Thirteenth Amendment through Congress and end slavery in the U.S. Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary as the president, capturing his wit and generosity but also the iron will that made him the country's greatest hero, and Spielberg has recruited a who's who of character actors (David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, Jared Harris) to embody the various political forces swirling around the White House as the Civil War nears its bloody conclusion.



  • Steven Spielberg


  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Sally Field
  • David Strathairn
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • James Spader
  • Hal Holbrook
  • Tommy Jones
  • Lee Pace
  • Michael Stuhlbarg
  • David Costabile
  • Jackie Haley
  • S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Jared Harris
  • Walton Goggins
  • Gulliver McGrath
  • Peter McRobbie
  • Gloria Reuben
  • John Hawkes


  • Steven Spielberg
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Jonathan King
  • Daniel Lupi
  • Jeff Skoll

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