Lincoln script
Lincoln (2012)
Synopsis: Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The screenplay by Tony Kushner was loosely based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on the President's efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

HAROLD GREEN:

You got springy hair for a white

man.

Lincoln laughs.

4.

LINCOLN:

Yes, I do. My last barber hanged

himself. And the one before that.

Left me his scissors in his will.

Green laughs.

TWO WHITE SOLDIERS have come up, two young kids, nervous and

excited.

FIRST WHITE SOLDIER LINCOLN

President Lincoln, sir? Evening, boys.

SECOND WHITE SOLDIER

Damn! Damn!

We, we saw you, um. We were at, at

FIRST WHITE SOLDIER

We was at Gettysburg!

HAROLD GREEN SECOND WHITE SOLDIER

You boys fight at Gettysburg? DAMN I can’t believe it’s

FIRST WHITE SOLDIER (CONT’D)

(to Green, with mild

contempt)

Naw, we didn’t fight there.

We just signed up last month.

We saw him two years ago at the

cemetery dedication.

SECOND WHITE SOLDIER

Yeah, we heard you speak! We...

DAMN DAMN DAMN! Uh, hey, how tall

are you anyway?!

FIRST WHITE SOLDIER

Jeez, SHUT up!

LINCOLN:

Could you hear what I said?

FIRST WHITE SOLDIER

No, sir, not much, it was-

SECOND WHITE SOLDIER

(he recites, fast and

mechanically:
)

“Four score and seven years ago,

our fathers brought forth on this

continent a new nation, conceived

in liberty and dedicated to the

5.

proposition that all men are

created equal.”

LINCOLN:

That’s good, thank you for -

FIRST WHITE SOLDIER

“Now we are engaged in a great

civil war, testing whether that

nation or any nation so conceived

and so dedicated can long endure.

We are, we are, we are met on a

great battlefield of that war.”

LINCOLN:

Thank you, that’s

SECOND WHITE SOLDIER

“We have come to dedicate a portion

of that field as a final resting

place for those who here gave their

lives that that nation might live.

It is...”

(He chokes up a little.)

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Tony Kushner

Anthony Robert "Tony" Kushner (born July 16, 1956) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He co-authored with Eric Roth the screenplay for the 2005 film Munich, and he wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Lincoln, both critically acclaimed movies. For his work, he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013. more…

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