In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Tony Kushne
Stars: Adam Driver, Boris McGiver, Bruce McGill, Dane DeHaan, Daniel Day-Lewis, David Costabile, David Oyelowo, David Strathairn, Gloria Reuben, Gulliver McGrath, Hal Holbrook, Jackie Earle Haley, James Spader, Jared Harris, Jeremy Strong, John Hawkes, Joseph Cross, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace, Lukas Haas, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter McRobbie, Sally Field, Stephen Henderson, Stephen Spinella, Tim Blake Nelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Walton Goggins
Production Co: 20th Century Fox
Country: United States