PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
At one point in the movie, Abraham Lincoln scornfully references Tammany Hall. In Daniel Day-Lewis's earlier work, Gangs of New York (2002), Day-Lewis's character is in a quasi-alliance with Boss William M. Tweed (played by Jim Broadbent in that film), who ran Tammany Hall during the Civil War.
Private Harold Green:
Some of us was in the Second Kansas Colored. We fought the Rebs at Jenkins' Ferry last April just after they killed every Negro soldier they captured at Poison Springs. So at Jenkins' Ferry, we decided warn't takin' no Reb prisoners. And we didn't ...
Modern (turning) doorknobs are seen throughout the movie. Patents for the doorknob weren't filed until 1878. Though some versions existed, they weren't common.
No opening credits except for the main title.
For international releases, an additional prologue about the Civil War was added prior to the start of the film. It mostly shows archive photos with the prologue text included in it. This was decided by the studio's marketing department in its research which realized that while many non-American audiences know of the titular character, most of them are not familiar with the war itself.
$944,308 11 November 2012