In January 1865, President Abraham Lincoln expects the Civil War to end soon, with the defeat of the Confederate States. He is concerned that his 1863 Emancipation Proclamation may be discarded by the courts after the war, and the proposed Thirteenth Amendment will be defeated by the returning slave states. He feels it imperative to pass the amendment beforehand, to remove any possibility that freed slaves might be re-enslaved.

The Radical Republicans fear the amendment will be defeated by some who wish to delay its passage; support from Republicans in the border states is not yet assured. The amendment also requires the support of several Democratic congressmen to pass. With dozens of Democrats being lame ducks after losing their re-election campaigns in the fall of 1864, some of Lincoln's advisors believe he should wait for a new Republican-heavy Congress. Lincoln remains adamant about having the amendment in place before the war is concluded and the southern states readmitted. Read more on Wikipedia.

MPAA Rating:PG-13
Genre:Biography, Drama, History, War
Country:India, United States
Produced By:Jonathan King, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Adam Somner, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Directed By:Steven Spielberg
Written By:Tony Kushner, Doris Kearns Goodwin
Cast:David Warshofsky, Alan Sader, Thomas K. Belgrey, Stephen Szibler, Kevin Inouye, Colman Domingo, Israel David Groveman, James 'Ike' Eichling, Michael Ruff, Grainger Hines, Raymond H. Johnson, Dakin Matthews, Wayne Duvall, Sean Haggerty, Robert Peters, Chris Condetti, Leslie Rogers, Teddy Eck, Rich Wills, Mike Shiflett, Paul D'Elia, Lance Lemon, Keith Tyree, Benjamin M. Brown, Christopher Stephens, Jeremy Strong, Bruce McGill, J. Emerson McGowan, Lee Pace, James Judice, John Hawkes, Bryan Veronneau, David Doersch, Vonn Harris, Julie White, Joseph Patrick O'Connell, Leon Addison Brown, John Lescault, Stephen Bozzo, Boris McGiver, Christopher Evan Welch, Jim Ed Wills, Stephen McKenna, Richard Topol, Stephen Spinella, Logan Bennett, Ken Peebles, Brian Elder, Byron Jennings, Stephen L. Kolb, Martin Dew, David Strathairn, Aaron Angus, Armistead Wellford, Michael Stanton Kennedy, John T. Witt, Joe Dellinger, Christopher Boyer, Lancer Dean Shull, Ryan Wick, David Costabile, Mark Falvo, Skye Dennis, Jared Harris, Hal Holbrook, John Moon, Christopher Cartmill, Chad Pettit, John Bellemer, Melondy Phillips, Peter McRobbie, Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Privett, John Dever, Thomas Aldridge, Bill Raymond, Tim Blake Nelson, William Kaffenberger, Leigh Spofford, Don Henderson Baker, Drew Sease, Stephen Dunn, Matthew Pabo, Dakota Oher, Elijah Chester, Laura Rikard, Michael Goodwin, Chase Edmunds, Stephen Dunford, Sidney Blackmer Jr., Joseph Cross, Adam Driver, Daniel Day-Lewis, T. Alloy Langenfeld, Terry Menefee Gau, David Gibbs, Sheree Ali, Katherine Gray, Hilary Montgomery, Gregory Itzin, Lukas Haas, Alexander McPherson, Adrian Nanney, Robert Ayers, Shaun Irving, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jack Hoke, Lucas N. Hall, Ted Johnson, Sally Field, Randy Allen, Dot Gregory, James Spader, Walker Babington, Gannon McHale, Scott Wichmann, Nathan Bieri, Charmaine White, Dane DeHaan, John Hutton, Raynor Scheine, Gulliver McGrath, Dave Hager, Gloria Reuben, Daniel Fissmer, Jamie Horton, Elizabeth Marvel, Bill Camp, Walt Smith, Joe Inscoe, Kevin J. Walsh, S. Epatha Merkerson, Stephen Henderson, Matthew Sims, Richard Warner, Bob Hurley, Jackie Earle Haley, Joseph Carlson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Leehy, David Oyelowo, Misan Akuya, Robert Shepherd, Marcello Rollando, Walton Goggins, Todd Fletcher
In Theaters:Nov 16, 2012
Runtime:2 hours 30 minutes
Production:DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, Reliance Entertainment
Box Office:$182,207,973
Available On:Amazon, Itunes, Netflix, Vudu