Gore Vidal's Lincoln

Gore Vidal's Lincoln

Director: Lamont Johnson Cast: Deborah Adair, Jeffrey DeMunn, Robin Gammell


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Originally telecast in two parts on March 27 and 28 of 1988, Lincoln was adapted from the bestselling "factual fiction" by Gore Vidal. Sam Waterston stars as Abraham Lincoln, with Mary Tyler Moore frighteningly convincing as the tragic Mary Todd Lincoln. Predictably, Part One of Lincoln deals with the inauguration, the outbreak of War, and the president's tiltings with his cabinet, while Part Two includes the Emancipation Proclamation, the appointment of General Grant (James Gammon), and the assassination. The throughline of the script is the deteriorating mental condition of Mary Lincoln, not to mention her injurious impulsiveness: at one point, Honest Abe must cover up the fact that Mary has stolen a copy of his inaugural speech and sold it. Evidently, the name of Gore Vidal was not considered enough of a drawing card by the NBC publicists, who insisted upon advertising Lincoln as the second coming of Gone With the Wind, adding the teaser tagline "The Untold Story."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2004
UPC: 0096009182090
Original Release: 1988
Source: Echo Bridge
Time: 3:08:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered; Scene selections; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Adair Actor
Jeffrey DeMunn Actor
Robin Gammell Actor
James Gammon Actor
Cleavon Little Actor
Ruby Dee Actor
John McMartin Actor
Richard Mulligan Actor
Sam Waterston Abraham Lincoln
Mary Tyler Moore Mary Lincoln
Tom Brennan Actor
Gregory Cooke Actor
Steven Culp Actor
Jerome Dempsey Actor
Jon de Vries Actor
George Ede Actor
Thomas Gibson Actor
Tim Guinee Actor
John Houseman General Scott
Bev Appleton Office Seeker #2
Joshua Billings Assistant Manager
Roy Butler So. Congressman #3
Dick Harrington Stewart
J. Michael Hunter Office Seeker #1
Lee Lively General Wood
Tom Mason So. Congressman #1
Alan Sader Sickles
Richard Warner Staff Colonel
Aaron Michael Lacey Actor

Technical Credits
Lamont Johnson Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert W. Christiansen Producer
Bill Finnegan Executive Producer
Patricia Finnegan Executive Producer
Ernest Gold Score Composer
James Oliver Editor
Paul Peters Production Designer
Sheldon Pinchuk Executive Producer
Rick Rosenberg Producer
William Wages Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Train to Glory [10:55]
2. Fraternity Brothers [11:47]
3. Inauguration Ball [9:52]
4. Shrewed Maneuver [11:42]
5. Good Bye, Elmer [12:46]
6. Molly's Shopping Habit [10:17]
7. Money Trouble [11:18]
8. Willie's Poem [14:21]

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Gore Vidal's Lincoln 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
katknit More than 1 year ago
Author Vidal's work of "factual fiction", Lincoln, is a monumental novel focusing upon the five years of the most dramatic of presidencies. Distilling nearly 700 pages of biographical detail into a three hour miniseries must have been daunting, but writer Ernest Kinoy was up to the task. It's hard to judge direction in a piece that's divided for commercial breaks, but under the hand of Lamont Johnson, the story remains cohesive. Casting Sam Waterston in the title role was a stroke of genius. Squint a bit, and you could be convinced he was Lincoln, lthough a surprisingly unwrinkled and unworn one. Waterston's Lincoln is fully human, down to high pitched, twangy quality of Lincoln's voice; he has turned in the most credible movie portrayal to date. Most of the supporting cast was also outstanding, with the singular exception of Mary Tyler Moore. Thin to the point of gauntness, and rigid in her self control, MTM was the visual antithesis of the real Mary Lincoln, who was short, heavy set, and given to unforgettable displays of temper and hysteria. While Moore's performance hints at the manic depression that destroyed Mrs. Lincoln's personality, and ultimately her life, she was badly miscast. Recommended for anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.