Lincoln SynopsisSteven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Lincoln Release Date
In Theaters November 9, 2012
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones
Written by: Tony Kushner and Paul Webb
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
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