November 9th 2012
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 150 min,
  • Dreamworks Pictures
  • Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, David Warshofsky, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, David Oyelowo, Jared Harris
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Tony Kushner, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
  • Co Producer: Adam Somner
  • Executive Producer: Daniel Lupi
  • Art Directions: Curt Beech, David Crank, Leslie McDonald
  • Casting: Avy Kaufman
  • Costume Design: Joanna Johnston
  • D.O.P.: Janusz Kaminski
  • Editor: Michael Kahn
  • Makeup: Mo Stemen
  • Music: John Williams
  • Production Design: Rick Carter
  • Set Decorations: Jim Erickson, Peter T. Frank


Based on the best-selling book "Team of Rivals," by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. The film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Chicago, USA; Virginia, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Brief strong language, some images of carnage and intense scene of war violence
  • Production Budget: $65 million
  • Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Imagine Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, DreamWorks SKG, Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Office Seekers Productions
  • Production Schedule: 17 October 2011 - 19 December 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Spielberg released two major films in cinemas at Christmas in the form of "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse". While they scored good critical reaction, there was enough varied opinion that both have already been dismissed as major awards contenders and neither has been particular big earners at the U.S. box-office (internationally though "Tintin" is a big hit).

Late this year however comes his Abraham Lincoln biopic which has been in the works ever since he picked up the rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's Lincoln biography "Team of Rivals" back in 2001. Indeed, Liam Neeson was linked to the film for a full five years before bowing out in 2010 citing he was too old for the part. The actor was replaced by Daniel Day-Lewis as the former commander-in-chief in a performance that is already shaping up to score recognition during next year's awards run.

What's interesting here is that instead of opting for a full biopic, the focus has been shifted to keep the action specifically contained to the last few months of Lincoln's life. The big story points will be the close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment which permanently ended slavery, and of course the end of the Civil War.

There's a stellar cast including those mentioned above plus Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, James Spader, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Walton Goggins, Gloria Reuben, David Oyelowo and Bruce McGill. Add to that a script adapted by John Logan, Tony Kushner & Paul Webb along with various frequent Spielberg collaborators like D.O.P. Janusz KamiƄski, editor Michael Kahn and composer John Williams.

The result is a film with more of a chance than either of his 2011 features to score some awards recognition, especially considering this will be hitting around the time of the Presidential election."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 3 January 2013: Chile
  • 17 January 2013: Australia, Czech Republic
  • 18 January 2013: Spain
  • 23 January 2013: Belgium
  • 24 January 2013: Germany
  • 25 January 2013: Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador, Lithuania, Mexico, Sweden, UK
  • 30 January 2013: France
  • 31 January 2013: Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal
  • 1 February 2013: Guatemala, Iceland, Norway, South Africa
  • 7 February 2013: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
  • 8 February 2013: Turkey, Uruguay
  • 14 February 2013: Dominican Republic
  • 21 February 2013: Hong Kong, Singapore
  • 5 April 2013: Venezuela