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Gore Vidal's Lincoln
Gore Vidal's Lincoln
Actors: Sam Waterston, Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Mulligan, Deborah Adair, Tom Brennan (II)
Genres: Drama, Television
PG-13     2004     3hr 8min

Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 02/28/2006 Run time: 188 minutes

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Actors: Sam Waterston, Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Mulligan, Deborah Adair, Tom Brennan (II)
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Platinum Disc
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/06/2004
Original Release Date: 03/27/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 03/27/1988
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 3hr 8min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Rosanna B. (RosannaB) from NORFOLK, VA
Reviewed on 3/18/2012...
Well worth watching again for Sam Waterston's excellent portrayal of Lincoln--more human, and also a better politician than the usual depictions. The supporting cast is solid and includes some familiar faces. As for Miss Moore's portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln, the kindest thing I can say is that her character's love for her husband and family was evident. She overacted throughout, and her southern accent came and went (particularly inexcusable since this was filmed in the south, in and near Richmond to be precise). My favorite portrayer of the character remains Julie Harris in "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln". Soon we can compare how Sally Field handles the same role in the upcoming Spielberg LINCOLN.
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Movie Reviews

A more true picture of Lincoln than some would like to see..
R. Kyle | USA | 01/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"But, more historically correct. Lincoln was a politician. He never set out to free the slaves. He actually offered leading free Blacks the opportunity to take the slaves to a new American colony in South America because he never thought ex-slaves would have a chance. There was corruption in his Administration. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln probably sold the text of the "State of the Union" address to the New York Times. She also kept 'ghost' employees on the White House payroll to pay for her extravagances in remodeling.

Still, Lincoln was a good man and a good leader, grieved at the state of America. Sam Waterson depicts a man heavily laden with the burdens of a country, constituency, and family that could be enough to break a lesser person's resolve.

Mary Tyler Moore's performance as Mary Todd Lincoln was also good. No one will ever know whether it was mental illness, addiction to morphine, or some other cause that drove her to 'headaches' and spendthrift behavior. Tyler Moore's presentation was of Todd-Lincoln was troubled---and human.

My big complaint about this DVD was the film quality. This looked like a low budget film that was not digitially remastered for DVD. Pity, because this is an excellent depiction of the times and one of our American heroes."
Waterston is the Definitive Modern Lincoln
R. W. Rasband | Heber City, UT | 06/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sam Waterston is a very different Lincoln than the stately, orthodox one of Raymond Massey or even Henry Fonda. This Lincoln is clever, scheming, cynically funny and nakedly ambitious--one who might have a thing or two in common with some well known politicians of the 20th century. You could even call Waterston the first urban Lincoln, under the rail-splitting pretentions. But Waterston never loses sight of Lincoln's tortured, proud but guilt-ridden greatness, and that is the secret of his fine portrayal."
Strong portrait of a different Lincoln
R. Kyle | 12/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The TV movie, perhaps predictably, doesn't have all the sardonic bite of Vidal's original novel. But it goes a long way toward breaking out of the Raymond Massey talking-waxwork mold and giving us a Lincoln believable as politician and man, as well as a strong portrait of the intensely political milieu in which he operated. Waterston is excellent-- completely unbound by past portrayals of Lincoln, and even fairly good at making us believe that he's anywhere near Lincoln's height-- and though I think there's a little too much of Mary Todd's personal life and not enough of the Civil War in this miniseries, there's no quibbling with Moore's splendid performance, which beautifully captures the pathos of this sad, unliked woman."