Gore Vidal’sLincoln was released in 1988. Most film portrayals of Lincoln are hagiographic fantasies. This one, based on Vidal’s book, is a realistic though sympathetic portrayal of Lincoln, the shrewd politician (played by Sam Waterston). It presents a candid view of Lincoln’s character, his unstable wife, his resentful son Robert, and the less noble side of wartime Washington.
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