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Posted April 23, 2013
If you enjoyed Team of Rivals by Doris Kerns Goodwin,then see this movie!
If you enjoy reading history books & viewing historical movies then this one is for you. It is intelligently written by Tony Kushner, deftly directed by Steven Spielberg. Daniel Day-Lewis deserved the academy award for his role as Lincoln,I don't think anyone else could do it better, as well as Sally Field's embodiment of Mary Lincoln. The supporting cast of David Strathairn as the politically savvy & shrewd lawyer William Seward the cabinet Sec. of State, Bruce McGill as short-tempered but devoted Edwin Stanton the cabinet Sec. of War, Lee Pace as the bellicose & surly Fernando Wood US Rep. of New York were all excellent! Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens,the bilious & pugnacious US Rep. from Pennsylvania was outstanding. Jackie Earle Haley was a spot-on photographic resemblance of CSA's VP Alexander Stephens. I particularly delighted in the performance of James Spader as the gregarious, off-color W. N. Bilbo. I watched this movie four times just to savor the dialogue, appreciate the fine performances & the beautiful cinematography of Janusz Kaminski, but especially the superb even flow from scene to scene in telling this important event in our US history. It was worth the wait since I read about this movie several years ago. Thanks Steven Spielberg!
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