Lincoln Movie TrailerMPAA Rating: PG-13, for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language
Runtime: 127 minutes
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Director: Steven Spielberg
Release Date: November 9, 2012 (limited, expands Nov. 16)
Lincoln - Official Synopsis
Steven 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 - Facts for Families
The movie Lincoln chronicles the key events that took place during Abraham Lincoln's last few months in office. The movie is based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. While the movie isn't a kids' movie, it seeks to portray a very accurate chronicle of events, and more importantly, as accurate as possible a picture of who Lincoln was and how he understood and interacted with people. Disney will be marketing the movie to adults as well as older kids in middle or high school. To get ready for the movie, encourage kids to read about Lincoln and read or even memorize the Gettysburg Address.
At over 900 pages long, the multiple biography book this movie is based would likely be overwhelming for tweens and even teens. If you are looking for an easier read for kids or to read as a family, our guide to children's book recommends these books about Abraham Lincoln. Non-fiction can be a tedious genre for kids, so the movie Lincoln could be a great incentive to get older kids excited to learn about and read up on this pivotal time period in history. Since the movie is rated PG-13, you may be wondering if it is appropriate for your older children, you can find out more about the content of the movie in our review for parents of Lincoln