Young Mr. Lincoln

Young Mr. Lincoln

DVD - 2006
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Classic biographical telling of the life of Abraham Lincoln, from his youth to his death.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Full screen (1.331) special ed. double-disc set
ISBN: 9781559409650
1559409657
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD YOU

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Keogh
Sep 01, 2018

One of director John Ford's masterpiece films, this gives us Abraham Lincoln as a young man in the Illinois frontier over a few years, from his decision to go into the law to a murder trial he participates in. Henry Fonda is perfectly cast as the plain spoken principled Lincoln, given to storytelling, taking a stand on a moral issue, and basic decency. Ford's direction paces the story well, and even blends in some humour, including a play on a character's name that I'm surprised passed by the censors of the time. The DVD edition, from the Criterion label, has a good number of extras well worth seeing.

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snavelyz
Mar 14, 2017

Just a wonderful, wonderful movie!!!!! great director and great actor

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garycornell
May 25, 2014

Young Mr. Lincoln affords one to see Henry Fonda is one of his most famous roles as Lincoln. The Great Film Director John Ford directed the film and pulled together a wonderful cast. The script is topnotch and a movie that is perfect for the whole family. Probably one of top ten films of John Ford and an American Film Treasure!

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Monolith
Nov 12, 2012

A humble, earthy bio-drama from John Ford, starring Henry Fonda (who I felt was spot-on as a choice for the role) with a surprisingly decent fake nose for '39, and a young Ward Bond as the hooligan Jack Cass (priceless). A really sweet classic. (Bonus disc's BBC pre-war biopic of Ford and talk show interview with Fonda is superb; it nearly eclipses the feature. Invaluable for any admirer of these icons.)

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fictionrules
May 27, 2012

Movie filmed in 1939. Henry Fonda is a young pre-president Lincoln. A good job at bringing the personality and well known character of Abe to the screen. A lot of annoying background music. But for anyone interested in who he was prior to being president and while a young and very passionate lawyer, this is a great movie. Very nostalgic to watch a movie from so long ago. The pace is completely different from all that we now experience in movies.

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Monolith
Nov 12, 2012

Abe Lincoln (cross-examining J. Palmer Cass): "...Your name's 'J. Palmer Cass.' " John Palmer Cass: "Yeah." Abe Lincoln: "What's the 'J' stand for?" John Palmer Cass: "John." Abe Lincoln: "Anybody ever call ya Jack?" John Palmer Cass: "Yeah." Abe Lincoln: "Why 'J. Palmer Cass?' Why not 'John P. Cass'?" John Palmer Cass: "Well, I..." Abe Lincoln: "Has 'J. Palmer Cass' anything to conceal?" John Palmer Cass: "No!" Abe Lincoln: "Then whattya part your name in the middle for?" John Palmer Cass: "I got a right to call myself anything I please... long as it's my own name!" Abe Lincoln: "Well... if it's all the same to you, I'll just call ya Jack Cass." (crowd roars)

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