Saving Lincoln

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Released 2013

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Director:
Salvador Litvak
Released:
2013
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Hailed by Michael Medved as "ingenious, moving, original and impressive," Saving Lincoln combines elements of theater and cinema to create a fresh visual world within authentic Civil War photographs. This unique film is based on the true story of President Abraham Lincoln and his banjo-playing, pistol-wielding, former law partner and confidant, Ward Hill Lamon. When the first assassination attempt occurs on the way to Washington in 1861, Lamon appoints himself Lincoln's bodyguard, and from this unique perspective, Lamon witnesses every aspect of Lincoln's fiery trial as Commander-in-Chief, soothes his friend's tormented soul, and saves him from repeated attempts on his life. Lamon is away on the night Lincoln is killed, yet it is Lamon who redefines that tragic event in a surprising and uplifting manner. Saving Lincoln has been called "a new and different kind of cinematic experience…truly fascinating" (Film Journal International), "visually innovative, superbly acted" (Jeffrey Lyons), and "brave, incisive, brilliant and entirely factual" (Harold Holzer, noted Lincoln expert).

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  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    A curiosity telling the President's story through the eyes of longtime friend Ward Hill Lamon, it's of interest only to serious history-hounds and techies curious about its unusual...

  • 50

    New York Post Lou Lumenick

    Odd and not entirely uninteresting little docudrama.

  • 40

    Variety

    The script, while largely historically accurate, is undermined by stilted dialogue, and the picture is laced with ill-fitting parts that wind up literally all over the matte. The r...

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