I'm surprised there are no comments yet. Wow, what a historical movie. Detailed, believable and true to history. If Speilburg hasn't brought Lincoln into our homes he has done something quite close to it .
I believe if you check down in the movies sub-section of the Civil War Entertainment: Books, Movies, Music & Art section tha you will find there is already a thread on this movie with four respones to it. In fact I'll make it a little easier and link to it. http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/forums/forum59/3246.html
Edit: Sorry if this sounds rude, it was not intended to be.
Last edited on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 11:20 am by Hellcat
Movie was great! Hasn't this Board been carping for a great Civil War movie for years...or at least months after The Conspirator?
found a few small errors:
1. Lincoln never slapped Robert
2. House Roll Call was always alphabetical not by state
3. Tad was whisked away from Sinbad play when news of assassination reported. In movie, he is left in his box crying.
4. Soldiers at beginning of movie had memorized Gettysburg address. Doubtful. Speech was not that well received early on.
Total accuraracies: Mary Lincoln (Sally Fields); Andrew Stephens appearance; Post seige of Petersburg..bodies everywhere. Seward, Stanton, Welles, Eliz. Keickley, hospital scene with arms and legs dumped, negro soldiers taking no prisoners, and more. What a great movie. Hope it wins all Oscars.
Yah, I thought the opening was cheezy and I doubted that black soliders ever had personal time with Lincoln. I watched "Gone with the Wind" that afternoon and I was stuck with contrast of the way blacks were protrayed in that movie and the modern dialect of the black soldiers in Lincoln. I would expect that thier language would be more like "Jim" in Tom Sawyer. As it was, they sounded Harvard educated. Maybe so, but unlikely.
I didn't realize that Lincoln visited fresh battle scene. I had to look it up. Was this the assult of Fort Steadman? And I am thinking that the number of dead in the battle scene was unrealistic. They were piled up in heaps. Was this so?
I excuse the opening scene and the battle scene as a litte bit of theater, in an otherwise great movie.