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  •  Performances are top notch (7+ / 0-)

    saw it with BIL who is from Colombia, it is a talky film but even he was engrossed. After he asked me, so the Democrats were the bad guys then, huh?  There are a lot of good performances in the film, many that might get missed due to Daniel Day lewis and Tommy Lee jones.  The actor whoplays Congressman Wood from NY, a former Tammany Hall NYC mayor, has some terrific scenes. David Straithairn as Seward finally deserves an oscar. James Spader is unrecognizable; Jackie Earl haley makes a good Confederate VP, the actor who plays Grant, the guy who hanged himself in Mad Men, is convincing.And Sally Field is stunning as Mrs. Lincoln. The only actor whose talents seemed wasted was Jospeh Gordon Levit, who didn't have enough to do. Interestingly, Liam Neeson was originally cast as Lincoln but backed off, saying he'd grown too old by the time production started.

    •  Additional cast notes: (4+ / 0-)

      According to IMDb.com, Lee Pace played Fernando Wood, Jared Harris played Grant, and Hal Holbrook played Preston Blair.

      Tim Blake Nelson, so fine in O Brother, Where Art Thou, was one of the operatives alongside Spader.

      As for JGL's Robert Lincoln, it may have been appropriate that he had so small a part, since Abe's son felt he wasn't pulling his part.

      For those who are interested, the movie came in 3rd place in the box office, with $21 million.

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:31:10 PM PST

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      •  How did I forget Holbrook? (2+ / 0-)
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        aaraujo, Judge Moonbox

        He was great as well, and also plyaed lIncoln himslef on stage IIRC. Lee Pace as Wood, yes, had some great scenes and stood out IMO.

        •  Holbrook as Twain. (0+ / 0-)

          Decades ago, I saw a televised showing of Mark Twain Tonight, the signature role for Hal Holbrook. I can still remember some of the jokes he told.

          The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

          by Judge Moonbox on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:08:42 PM PST

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