The Day Lincoln Was Shot
|The Day Lincoln Was Shot|
|Directed by||John Gray|
|Produced by||Thomas John Kane|
|Music by||Mark Snow|
|Cinematography||Ronald Victor Garcia|
|Edited by||Scott Vickrey|
|12 April 1998 |
The Day Lincoln Was Shot is a 1998 American television film based on the book by Jim Bishop. It is a re-creation of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, co-written and directed by John Gray, and stars Lance Henriksen as Abraham Lincoln and Rob Morrow as John Wilkes Booth.
The book had previously been adapted in 1956 as a live television play starring Raymond Massey as Lincoln, Lillian Gish as Mary, and Jack Lemmon as John Wilkes Booth. It was telecast on the CBS anthology series Ford Star Jubilee.
The movie shows the events leading up to and after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, as well as a look into the personal lives of both men. Lincoln is relieved that Richmond has fallen and the Civil War is over. He has contentious discussions with his Cabinet about the treatment of the defeated South. They want the Confederates punished while Lincoln argues for mercy. The President is despised by many Southerners and receives numerous death threats. Lincoln has a rather fatalistic attitude about these, however he has a disturbing dream about hearing cries in the White House and seeing a coffin in the East Room surrounded by mourners crying out that an assassin has murdered the President. Booth is the most popular actor in the country (it is pointed out that only Lincoln has his picture taken more). Coming from an acting family, he feels overshadowed by his father and brother and longs to make his mark on history. A fanatical Confederate sympathizer, Booth sees Lincoln as a tyrant and slavery as a proper way of life. He assembles a motley group of Confederates including former Soldier Lewis Paine and simple-minded David Herold. They form a plot to kidnap the President. However, the war ends and Booth is outraged when he hears Lincoln making a speech promising African-Americans citizenship and the vote. His plan to kidnap turns into a murder plot. He decides to assassinate Lincoln at Ford's Theatre and orders Paine to kill Secretary Of State William Seward and orders another accomplice to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson. Booth kills Lincoln and escapes after breaking his leg jumping to the stage. Paine attacks Seward who survives and the Vice President is unharmed. After an intense manhunt, Booth is shot and killed inside a burning barn surrounded by federal troops. He dies on the front porch saying that he died for his country. The credits reveal that Booth's confederates were put on trial and hanged. Ironically, Lincoln's successor Johnson was much harsher on the defeated South than Lincoln would have been.
- Lance Henriksen as Abraham Lincoln
- Rob Morrow as John Wilkes Booth
- Donna Murphy as Mary Lincoln
- Wil Wheaton as Robert Lincoln
- Titus Welliver as Lewis Powell
- Jaimz Woolvett as David Herold
- Kirk B. R. Woller as George Atzerodt
- Eddie Jones as Edwin M. Stanton
- Jeremy Sisto as Frederick W. Seward
- John Pleshette as William H. Seward
- Gregory Itzin as William Crook
- Adam Lamberg as Tad Lincoln
- John Ashton as Ulysses S. Grant
- Nancy Robinette as Mary Surratt
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