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Famous actors and actresses read testimonies from people close to Lincoln about him and his actions during the Civil War.


Peter W. Kunhardt, James A. Edgar (co-director)


Philip Kunhardt III (based on the book by), Philip Kunhardt III | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Narrator (voice)
Glenn Close ... Mary Todd Lincoln (voice)
Richard Widmark ... Ward Hill Lamon (voice)
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... John G. Nicolay (voice)
Burgess Meredith ... Winfield Scott (voice)
Richard Thomas ... John Hay (voice)
Ned Beatty ... Dennis Hanks (voice)
Barnard Hughes ... Horace Greeley (voice)
Maureen Stapleton ... Sarah Bush Lincoln (voice)
Keith Carradine ... William Herndon (voice)
Blythe Danner ... Elizabeth Todd Edwards (voice)
Fred Gwynne ... Edwin Stanton (voice)
Stacy Keach ... George McClellan (voice)
Oprah Winfrey ... Elizabeth Keckley (voice)


Famous actors and actresses read testimonies from people close to Lincoln about him and his actions during the Civil War.

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Final appearance of Fred Gwynne (Edwin Stanton). See more »


John G. Nicolay was born in Bavaria, but immigrated with his parents to the United States at age 6 and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He would not have spoken with a Germanic accent as voiced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. See more »

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An Incredible masterpiece. ABC-TV should have been lauded for this presentation
16 January 2005 | by Peter22060See all my reviews

This morning from midnight to 3:30, I watched my original taped broadcast from 1992, and was enthralled by this incredible treatment of our 16th president.

I have seen the Raymond Massey performance of ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS, 1940 and he gave Abraham Lincoln such a great human presence. The performance of Henry Fonda as young Abe Lincoln, trial lawyer added some great humanity. Even Walter Huston's early thirties talkie added dimension to The Great Emancipator.

This production, Lincoln's own words spoken by Jason Robards gives the audience a complete portrait, the internal tortures of this self educated man. The death of his favorite son to typhoid fever in his first term, his struggles within his marriage and his constant torment with the reality of the War Between the States breathe new life into Abraham Lincoln the man.

Although this nation has sought to make festive weekends out of national holidays, maybe the media will once again separate the birthdays of George Washigton and Abraham Lincoln from President's Day and do homage by broadcasting this program once again on Lincoln's birthday.

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26 December 1992 (USA) See more »

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Kunhardt Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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