Killing Lincoln

Synopsis: Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
Director(s): Adrian Moat
Production: Fox
  Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
92 min

# Killing Lincoln #

Harry Ford:

Hello, John.

John Wilkes Booth:


I am

harmless except to myself.

Florence Trenchard:

I hear you.

Mrs. Mountchessington:

You will please recollect

you are addressing

my daughter.

And in my presence.

Asa Trenchard:

I'm offering her

my heart and

hand just as

she wants them,

with nothing in 'em.

Mrs. Mountchessington:

Dear, to your room.

Yes, ma.

The nasty beast!

Mrs. Mountchessington:

I am aware.

[gun c*cks].

Mrs. Mountchessington:

Mr. Trenchard, you are

not used to the manners

of good society and that,

alone, will excuse

the impertinence of

which you have

been guilty.

Asa Trenchard:

Don't know the manners

of good society, eh?

Well, I guess I know

enough to turn you inside out,

old woman; you

sockdologizing old man-trap!

Tom Hanks:
On the evening

of April 13th, 1865,

John Wilkes Booth

initiates his plan

not only to kill

Abraham Lincoln,

but to decapitate

the government of

the United States.

A Civil War that has

lasted four years is

drawing to an end.

While Washington City

celebrates the surrender

of Robert E. Lee's

Confederate Army,

Booth and his

co-conspirators plot

a carefully

coordinated triple murder.

John Wilkes Booth:


Mister Powell?

Lewis Powell:

The Secretary of State

ain't going

nowhere soon.

Confined to his bed

and slow to recover.

Got his-self a nurse.

A little slip of a man.

And there's a

n*gger butler.

John Wilkes Booth:

Mister Atzerodt,

you will check into the

Kirkwood tomorrow morning.

Vice President

Johnson's suite is

on the first floor.

George Atzerodt:

John Wilkes Booth: No?

George Atzerodt:

I do not wish.

I cannot.

John Wilkes Booth:

It is too late, George.

We have, all of us,

conspired together.

George Atzerodt:

To capture, ya.

To kidnap one man.

Not to murder.

John Wilkes Booth:

This is an act of war.

And you are

stuck to it.

It is a tar pit from

which you cannot pull away.

And when tomorrow

night is through and

our deed is done,

we will, all of us,

be known as its authors.

I have seen to it.

And we will be

hailed as heroes!

We will meet back

here tomorrow night

at nine o'clock.

And Powell and Herold

will pay a visit

to the

Secretary of State.

Mr. Atzerodt will go to

see the Vice President.

And I will go to

Grover's Theater

for a performance of

"Aladdin" or "His

Wonderful Lamp."

And there I

will kill a tyrant.

[small explosion sound]

Tom Hanks:
This is the

true story of the killing

of Abraham Lincoln,

the first assassination of

an American president,

and what might be the most

resonant crime in the

history of the nation.

John Wilkes Booth's

plan to kill Lincoln isn't

the first Black Flag

operation to target

the 16th president of

the United States.

At least five

kidnapping or assassination

schemes are hatched,

although none

are attempted.

None, save

perhaps one.

Abraham Lincoln

is riding alone,

as is his custom,

from the War Department

to the soldier's home where

the family stays during

the hot summer months.

[loud rifle shot]

Abraham Lincoln:

Whoa, whoa!


Help me, son!

Private Nichols:

Whoa, whoa!

[horse neighs].

Private Nichols:

Steady, steady now.


[horse neighs].

Private Nichols:
I, uh,

I heard a rifle shot.

Abraham Lincoln:

Down by the bottom

of the hill.

That is what

frightened him so.

And, uh, he bucked and

separated me from my,

my $8 pug hat.

Private Nichols, I am

much obliged to you.

Private Nichols:

Your hat, sir.

I found it at the

bottom of the hill.

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Erik Jendresen

Erik Jendresen is an author as well as a writer and producer for plays, television, and film.As co-creator, lead writer and a supervising producer of the critically acclaimed mini-series Band of Brothers for HBO in 2001, Jendresen was one of the recipients of that year's Emmy Award for "Outstanding Miniseries", which he shared with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, among others. Jendresen also shared an Emmy nomination for that show in the category of "Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special". The show also resulted in a Golden Globe Award for "Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television", and 20 other awards, including the Peabody Award. As a writer/ producer for film, his current projects include The Mariner (directed by Christopher McQuarrie for FOX); Mission: Blacklist (directed by Rodrigo Cortés); Saint-Ex (directed by Christopher McQuarrie); Aloft (starring Robert Redford); Solo (directed by Antonio Banderas); and an adaptation of Walter Tevis's The Man Who Fell to Earth (directed by David Slade). Earlier film projects include Star Trek: The Beginning (Paramount), Sublime, starring Tom Cavanagh and Kathleen York, Otis and The Big Bang (starring Antonio Banderas and Sam Elliott), and Ithaca - an adaptation of William Saroyan's The Human Comedy (directed by Meg Ryan and starring Sam Shepard and Hamish Linklater). As a writer, producer, and showrunner for television, his current projects include Special, a series based on the documentary filmmakers of the 1960s (with Marti Noxon, for the National Geographic Channel); a series based on the stories of the French Foreign Legion (with Thomas Bidegain and Dimitri Rassam); The War, a five-season series about the unending interconnected conflicts of the 20th century (with Christopher McQuarrie); The 43, a six-hour mini-series about WWII British ex-servicemen fighting fascism on their home soil (BBC/NBC); A Coloured Man's Reminiscences, an eight-hour miniseries chronicling the story of James Madison’s slave, Paul Jennings (with Tyger Williams and Rodrigo Garcia, for ABC); Castner's Cutthroats, a six-hour miniseries about the Battle of the Aleutians (Discovery Channel); Rocket Men, a ten-hour miniseries about Wernher von Braun and the men who took us to the moon and beyond; Climb to Conquer, a ten-hour miniseries about the 10th Mountain Division in World War II (with Wildwood); and Shot All to Hell, a four-hour miniseries about the James-Younger Gang and the Northfield, Minnesota, raid (TNT). Previous projects include Killing Lincoln, co-produced with Tony and Ridley Scott for the National Geographic Channel; a series based on the Francis Ford Coppola film, The Conversation (with Christopher McQuarrie); The Pony Express (with Robert Duvall); an eight-hour adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel, Wicked (ABC); an eight-hour miniseries Majestic-12; and The Command - a series set in the world of the Joint Special Operations Command (FIC). Jendresen also has to his credit several books, most of which deal with the socio-anthropology of Peru and the Amazon Basin, including Dance of the Four Winds and its sequel, Island of the Sun (both based upon the journals of and co-written with Alberto Villoldo), and the children's book, The First Story Ever Told (also with Villoldo). Hanuman (with Joshua M. Greene, and Li Ming) is a re-telling for children of a portion of the Ramayana. He is also a playwright (The Killing of Michael Malloy, Excuse My Dust, Malice Aforethought). Jendresen lives in Sausalito, California, aboard the M.V. Hindeloopen, 112-year-old riveted wrought iron vessel which saw service during the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. He is married to Venus Madora Aslee Bobis, Program Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute of the University of California, San Francisco, and his partner in Pilothouse Pictures. He is an advisor at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. more…

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