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Steven Culp in "Gore Vidal's Lincoln"

as Johnny Hay

2 x 90 min TV mini series

OAD: March 27 and 28, 1988


Lincoln - a miniseries based on Gore Vidal's best-selling novel, depicting the personal and political turmoil the Lincolns faced during the Civil War years.

Lincoln weaves together the troubled lives of a dirt-farmer's son and a wealthy Southern slave-owner's daughter. Together, Abraham and Mary Lincoln ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation's history, the Civil War. Sam Waterston stars as Abraham Lincoln, with Mary Tyler Moore frighteningly convincing as the tragic Mary Todd Lincoln.

Predictably, Part One of Lincoln deals with the inauguration, the outbreak of War, and the president's tiltings with his cabinet, while Part Two includes the Emancipation Proclamation, the appointment of General Grant, and the assassination.

The throughline of the script is the deteriorating mental condition of Mary Lincoln, not to mention her injurious impulsiveness: at one point, Honest Abe must cover up the fact that Mary has stolen a copy of his inaugural speech and sold it.

Starring: Sam Waterston, Mary Tyler Moore, Steven Culp, Richard Mulligan, Deborah Adair, Tom Brennan, Gregory Cooke, Ruby Dee, Jerome Dempsey, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jon DeVries, George Ede, Robin Gammell, James Gammon, Thomas Gibson.

Directed by: Lamont Johnson

Genres: Drama / Biopic
Detailed Summary
New York Times Television Review: A Filtered Portrait of Lincoln Comes to the Small Screen

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