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Format: NTSC, 16:9 Widesrceen
Language: English, 5.1 Digital Sound
Based on the true story of Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes) and his close friend, Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco), Saving Lincoln combines elements of theater and cinema to create a new visual world within vintage Civil War photographs. When the first assassination attempt occurs on the way to Washington in 1861, banjo-playing, pistol-wielding Lamon appoints himself Lincoln's bodyguard. From this unique perspective, Lamon witnesses every aspect of Lincoln's fiery trial as Commander-in-Chief, soothes his friend's tormented soul, and saves him from repeated attempts on his life. Lincoln sends Lamon away on a mission shortly before the fateful night at Ford's Theatre, yet it is Lamon who redefines that tragic event in a surprising and uplifting manner. Saving Lincoln has been called "a new and different kind of cinematic experience…truly fascinating" (Film Journal International), as well as "brave, incisive, brilliant and entirely factual" (Harold Holzer, Lincoln author and authority).
"Moving, ingenious, original... an important film that must be seen"
- Michael Medved
"A film with personality...shows the human side of the President"
- Louis Saenz, NPR
"Breaking new ground"
"Visually innovative, superbly acted"
- Jeffrey Lyons
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Top Customer Reviews
For me, historical figures are more interesting for their humanity, than the monumental achievements of their careers. Ever since I was a child, I felt more of a connection to Lincoln from a line like "I cannot spare this man, he fights!" than from "four score and seven years ago". This film, like Lamon's book, sees the Lincolns as a family, faced with a terrible tragedy, reflecting the tragedy that befell all families in the years from 1861-1865. They face the end of the nation, with the collapse of the Union, but with the help of Hill's "West Virginia Claw Hammer" they enjoy a spirited rendition of the trials of "old Dan Tucker". In the verse that Mary sings alone, she seems almost a young girl in love again. That's a rare view of the First Lady, that so many film makers have preferred to see as either a spendthrift or a madwoman.Read more ›
'Saving Lincoln' is an amazingly accessible film. There are scenes where the pain that Lincoln bore pours off the screen. It makes Lincoln human in a way that my students and I would assume others can understand. I asked my students which of the movies I showed this year they liked the best and it was hands down 'Saving Lincoln'. So if you want a movie that shows Lincoln and you don't need a degree in American History to enjoy, you'll like this one.
The use of still photographs is an inspired way to tell this epic story and make it look like a film of huge proportions. Hats off to the filmmakers for their creativity and story-telling skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and recommend it to all.
As a fan of history this film seemed a natural for me to gravitate to and as I read more about it, I became more and more determined to help this film be successful. Months later, after the filmmaker was able to raise nearly double his original goal, and expand the official release of this film into more cities, I finally received the reward that was promised to me for my donation: a copy of the film on Blu-ray disc.
I put the disc into my Blu-ray player just to check it out and see what I thought of the film thinking that I'd wind up watching the film later, but once I put in the disc, wife 2.0 and I both found ourselves drawn into the film wanting to see it through to the conclusion.
I've followed the filmmaker on Facebook since first finding out about the film and through that connection I had seen the filmmakers reaction to one relatively negative review that he had received. (Actually, I'd say it as a pretty harsh review of the film.) It seemed, from my own reading of the review, that the reviewer had pretty much missed the point of the film instead finding himself too concerned about the filmmaker's technique and artistic styling that went into this film.
Readers should notice that I didn't give this film all 5 of the stars that I could have in the rating, rather stopping at 4. I (and my wife) enjoyed the film and liked the way that it was put together, but I can't say the filmmaker achieved perfection in his intended goal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good and informative movie about a little known friend and bodyguard of President Lincoln. The low cost film uses many old photos as a back drop for the actors and I enjoyed... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richard
Save yourself and avoid Saving Lincoln. I wanted to like it but it was poorly written and poorly acted. I don't usually review on Amazon but this was sooooo disappointing.Published 3 months ago by Banks
The story focused too much on Lincoln and not enough on Lamon who the story line was about.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was disappointed. The story was ok but the acting and dialogue wasn't the best.Published 8 months ago by Akmfre
It was recommended to me by a Facebook friend, who is an author. That was enough for me to pay to watch it. Wow, what a great new view on Lincoln. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Someone who loves Pink!