Lincoln Wednesday, 08 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence, coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Lincoln fights his own Civil War battle.

  • Starring:

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, John Hawkes

  • Directed by:

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time:

    150 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Civil War combat features rifles, carbines, bayonets, fist-fighting & kicking in close-up. A young man is slapped. Men argue variously throughout the film, either in anger or in heated (usually political) debate. Guns are drawn. Pistols are fired. A murder is announced but not seen. Blood/Gore: Several pools of blood are seen on the battlefield and on a city pavement. Blood is seen dripping from a handcart. Human and animal corpses lie on a battlefield, some with open eyes. A dead body lies on a bed with blood around the head and neck area. Wounded men are observed in battle. Men wearing bandages lie on cots in a primitive hospital. Body parts are dumped in a pit.




    Alcohol (wine, fortified wine, spirits), tobacco (cigars, snuff). Gambling: Card game (poker).


    F-words, n-word, multiple religious references and exclamations, derogatory slang, insults (humorous, mocking & offensive).


    American Civil War history, 19th Century American politics, political struggle, debating, leadership, opposition, assassination, slavery, oppression, racism, career versus family, physical and mental disability (Lincoln is believed to have suffered from a rare genetic disorder called MEN2B; Mrs Lincoln suffered from anxiety), foreboding, death, grief.


    Daniel Day-Lewis is exceptional as Abraham Lincoln. Impeccably researched. Stunning period costume and design. Outstanding script. Tommy Lee Jones' toupee deserves it's own spin-off television series.


    Long running time. Dialogue-heavy. Requires a keen interest in politics and/or American Civil War history; those who don't fit the bill will unlikely have the constitution. You probably already know how it ends.

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