Director Steven Spielberg's unexpected and moving portrait reveals a president (Daniel Day-Lewis) in the midst of a crucial few weeks near the end of the Civil War, when the abolition of slavery wasn't considered good politics. The script by Tony Kushner (based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals") may not be the stuff of rousing blockbusterdom. But it's one of Spielberg's best and truest portraits in heroism.
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