Sam Waterston and Mary Tyler Moore give wonderful performances in this moving adaptation of Gore Vidal’s best-selling book. The progress of the war is seen through Lincoln’s eyes, a very human figure as he contends with Generals who won’t fight and politicians who scheme to usurp him. His wife (Mary Tyler Moore) is driven to the edge of madness by the death of her son and her deteriorating mental health causes him great personal pain. But after a war more ferocious and bloody than anyone has imagined possible, Lincoln lives just long enough to see his vision realised before his life is cut short tragically by an assassin’s bullet.

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Lincoln (1988)

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Sam Waterston and Mary Tyler Moore give wonderful performances in this moving adaptation of Gore Vidal’s best-selling book. The progress of the war is seen through Lincoln’s eyes, a very human figure as he contends with Generals who won’t fight and politicians who scheme to usurp him. His wife (Mary Tyler Moore) is driven to the edge of madness by the death of her son and her deteriorating mental health causes him great personal pain. But after a war more ferocious and bloody than anyone has imagined possible, Lincoln lives just long enough to see his vision realised before his life is cut short tragically by an assassin’s bullet.

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Cast
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Sam Waterston

Abraham Lincoln
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Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Todd Lincoln
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Richard Mulligan

William H. Seward
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Deborah Adair

Kate Chase
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Tom Brennan

Sen. Charles Sumner
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Gregory Cooke

Robert Lincoln
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Steven Culp

Johnny Hay
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Ruby Dee

Elizabeth Keckley
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Jerome Dempsey

Congressman Elihu Washburne
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Jeffrey DeMunn

William Herndon
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Jon DeVries

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton
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George Ede

Edward McManus
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Robin Gammell

Stephen Douglas
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James Gammon

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
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Thomas Gibson

William Sprague
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Tim Guinee

Col. Elmer Ellsworth
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David Leary

Gen. George McClellan
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Cleavon Little

Frederick Douglass
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John McMartin

Salmon P. Chase
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Patrick Rowe

Ward Hill Lamon
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John Houseman

Gen. Winfield Scott
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James Anklam

Telegraph operator #1
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Bev Appleton

Office sseker #2
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Joe Ayres

Singing soldier
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Greg Baber

Henry
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Coby Batty

Earle
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Charles Thomas Baxter

Staff captain
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Joshua Billings

Assistant manager
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Roy Butler

Southern congressman #3
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Dick Cheatham

Staff officer
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Bill Chorney

Allan Pinkerton
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Ray Collins

Office seeker #5
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Ritchie Copenhaver

Capt. Holmes
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Del Driver

Thompson
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Glenn Faigen

John Wilkes Booth
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Bill Falkenstein

Plenipotentiary
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Kevin Grantz

Office seeker #3
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Fay Greenbaum

Mrs. Ord
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Dick Harrington

Stewart
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Rick Hite

Speaker Hickman
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J. Michael Hunter

Office seeker #1
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Karen Hutcheson

Julia Grant
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Edward James Hyland

Forney (editor)
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Philip Hyland

Young soldier
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Helen Jervey

Mrs. Laury
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Colonel Marion Johnson

Blair
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Lee Lively

Gen. Wood
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Jim Lowell

Southern congressman #2
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Tom Mason

Southern congressman #1
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John Mingus

Gov. Curtin
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Kevin Murray

Desk Clerk
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Patrick Coe McCluskey

Willie Perham
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Harry McEnerny

Leland Grover
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R. Max Ramsey

Manservant
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Adrian Rieder

Fred Grant
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Stephen Rudlin

Telegraph operator #2
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Alan Sader

Sickles
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Michael Schauer

Barkeep
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Bob Schindler

Sergeant
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Troy Sweeney

Tad Lincoln
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Richard Travis

Nicolay
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Rick Warner

Staff colonel
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Paul Welsh

Willie Lincoln
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Phil Whiteay

Glove salesman
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Tom Width

Surgeon
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Aaron Michael Lacey

Dignitary (uncredited)
Crew
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Lamont Johnson

Director
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Gore Vidal

Writer
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Ernest Kinoy

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Lincoln

(DVD)

7/6/2004

Disc Title Front Cover

Gore Vidal's Lincoln

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/6/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Civil War: Anniversary Collection

(DVD)

6/5/2012

Disc Title Front Cover

Gore Vidal's Lincoln

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/6/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Gore Vidal's Lincoln

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/6/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Gore Vidal's Lincoln

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/6/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Lincoln

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Gore Vidal's Lincoln

(DVD, Envelope)

10/6/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Lincoln

(DVD)

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