Must Watch: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Biopic Gets a Stellar Trailer

September 13, 2012
Source: YouTube


The wait is over. We teased a short clip from the first trailer for Steven Spielberg's historical biopic Lincoln, and now the full trailer is finally here. This project has been gestating for years, and we wondered whether or not it would actually get made, but with a trailer like this, the wait has been well worth it. Daniel Day-Lewis plays our nation's 16th President of the United States of America, and this performance is definitely Oscar worthy. Some might even call a win for the actor now. There's also a fantastic ensemble on display including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field and more. Watch below!

Here's the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, originally from YouTube:

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which finished shooting last year, stars Daniel Day-Lewis (of My Left Foot, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood) as our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, and focuses on the last four months of his life, guiding the North to victory during the Civil War. The cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, John Hawkes, Walton Goggins, Hal Holbrook, Tim Blake Nelson and David Oyelowo. The film has a screenplay by Oscar nominee Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Munich), based on many books about Lincoln's life. Disney, releasing the DreamWorks production, will debut Lincoln in limited theaters starting on November 9th, expanding wide on the 16th.

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bubbab on Sep 13, 2012


That was incredibly sappy. Good lord. Thank you for the trailer. Now I know I definitely won't be seeing this Spielberg film. I'm done with him. He still owes me for Indy 5, A.I., Minority Report....

ticketmaster on Sep 13, 2012


first thing first, its indy 4, 2nd thing minority report is a masterpiece of a film it might not have the greatest script but that film was executed beautifully due to speilberg's directorial skills

me on Sep 13, 2012


Minority report was imho a spectacular movie, and AI was quite good as well. This is nothing like those two though

Ricardo_PT on Sep 13, 2012


MINORITY REPORT suffered because it was too ahead of its time. I watched it recently and was blown away by how good that film is.

DAVIDPD on Sep 13, 2012


I agree, I felt Minority Report was excellent. Chase and action scenes were fantastic. Spielberg's 'vision of the future' felt believable for the most part.

Nick Sears on Sep 13, 2012


LOVE Minority Report! A.I. is pretty good too... I don't think I would be watching on the theaters, at least. Warhorse sucked BIGTIME.

Shazzy on Sep 17, 2012


While I am not as negative about this as you are... I was thinking the same thing about it being sappy. It felt just like the War Horse trailer... and I hated War Horse. We get that we're supposed to feel emotion... let us feel it, and don't shove all that sap down our throat. If the movie is doing its job right, we'll know when to feel sad, or happy, or angry, or whatever. I really hope this isn't the same way, and I doubt it will be, but as far the trailers go, they were soooo similar.

Chazzy on Sep 13, 2012


Agreed! Both trailers were similar!

conradthegreat on Sep 13, 2012


As a die hard Spielberg fan I would normally be offended by your comment, but it's your opinion, and the fact that out of all the films Spielberg has managed to only come up with three bad ones. He must be pretty damn good after all. It takes the best of the best to make a film about President Lincoln and Spielberg is MORE than qualified.

dale on Sep 13, 2012


???? You are calling Minority Report and A.I. bad? Let me love Inception? Ugh....your kind.....

Have Hope on Sep 13, 2012


Minority report, AI and Inception were all awesome so I guess I just broke your typical generalization of "kinds".

Cody W on Sep 13, 2012



Xerxexx on Sep 14, 2012


Why does he owe you? You went freely to see said films...A.I. and Minority Report were great.

Xerxexx on Sep 13, 2012


Spielberg has turned into a bit of a sap. During War Horse.. holy crap!! Almost threw up during the movie.

BBR on Sep 14, 2012


Stellar, epic, wonderful... load up the oscar counter now

Tester on Sep 13, 2012


Ha-cha! A true return to form from Mr Spielberg. This was in my top 10 most anticipated films of the year, and now is in my top 3. // Reminds me why I do not go to plays.

DAVIDPD on Sep 13, 2012


Just what I feared: a movie that portrays Lincoln as a paragon of goodness. The truth was far different. Lincoln was not loved by his country, and was actually fairly racist. The only reason he created the Emancipation Declaration was because, if the war was suddenly about slavery, Europe would not be able to support the South without it looking like they were supporting Slavery. I think a movie about a flawed, actually not-so-nice Lincoln would be much more interesting then this propagana-istic mush.

Alex on Sep 13, 2012


fair point

conradthegreat on Sep 13, 2012


quite strange that the true story is rairly mentoned, and yes it would have been a better story, and its not to say he was a bad man, just a man of the times. didnt think spiel would have missed that.

LBR on Sep 13, 2012


I think most people are aware of that fact.

Xerxexx on Sep 13, 2012


i'm not sure that you can get he was a "paragon of goodness" from that trailer - i didn't. i also did NOT get (from the trailer) that he was " loved by his country" - . as far as the emancipation PROCLAMATION - it's effect was dependant on the faction it was applied to - you're correct about the europeans, but that wasn't the sole purpose of it and you've over-simplified it. as far as him being a racist - if you compare him (or most anyone else from that era) against the standards of today - he could be seen in that light, but so what? the times were different in that era. to apply todays standards to someone who lived over 150 years ago is ridiculous. anyway, say what you will - he kept the US together during it's most tumultuous time......i doubt that any president of the last 20 years could have done that. so, i think you're really off base in your comments about him. and this goes for those agreeing below. the idea that lincoln was "evil" is preposterous.

beevis on Sep 14, 2012


Like when a grandparent says they "have no problem with the coloreds." A hateful sentiment with good intentions. Times change. Even the word "retarded" has changed its connotation in my time.

David Balderdash on Sep 14, 2012


thankyou! someone who gets it. what you posted is a great analogy.

beevis on Sep 14, 2012


..."If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that...." -Abraham Lincoln, August 22, 1862 Before Lincoln and the Civil War, the United States of America was a plurality. (As in: "the United States of America ARE...") After, it was a single entity. (As in: "the United States of America IS...") Lincoln destroyed states rights and created the monstrosity that is our Federal government.

RedYeti76 on Sep 14, 2012


How dare this film touch my heart strings, make me feel warmth, and provide me with a sense patriotism. I mean, why oh why would Spielberg do this? He never makes films like this, and each time I see a Spielberg trailer I'm once again shocked that it's "sappy" as if I didn't expect that! /end sarcasm Love it.

Quanah on Sep 13, 2012


More patriotic crap from America.. Pass.

guest on Sep 13, 2012


Something tells me you will see it.

Xerxexx on Sep 13, 2012


and in 3D.

LosZombies on Sep 14, 2012



Xerxexx on Sep 14, 2012


so, if it's "patriotic crap" from another country, you'd be fine with it?

beevis on Sep 14, 2012


Daniel Day-Lewis is usually pretty unrecognizable inside his roles. It's the Sally Field and Tommy lee Jones angle that's throwing me off. This movie seems like it would (for lack of a better phrase) feel better with a lesser known cast. I'm still anticipating this one, for sure.

David Balderdash on Sep 13, 2012


i couldn't disagree more on the cast - DDL,tommy lee jones and hal holbrook really stood out to me. i'm sure the rest will be equally as good. however, i'm not sure what you mean by "feel better".

beevis on Sep 14, 2012


I think he meant that it just takes him out of it a little to recognize the faces of some of the major stars and that for this story it would help him more if they were not big names in the parts. I'll probably see this either way, but I can see his reasoning.

Gouka Ryuu on Sep 14, 2012


That's exactly what I meant.

David Balderdash on Sep 14, 2012


While the movie looks fantastic, i was frustrated by the constant use of dissolves to black between clips. 30% of this trailer is a black screen.

Concourse D on Sep 13, 2012


Does it really need more to sell you on it?

Nick Sears on Sep 13, 2012


Of course, this is a marketing tool first and foremost. Just a thought on the design of the trailer.

Concourse D on Sep 13, 2012


True, plus all the shots are nearly all: at night, with smoke, or inside a dark room by a window with light pouring in.

Nick Sears on Sep 13, 2012


I've got a boner so hard right now.

Bobo_Vision on Sep 13, 2012


I am so glad that my first ever set visit was for this film, it looks like that memorable experience will live on forever now every time I watch this. It looks absolutely breathtaking...

Matt Peloquin on Sep 13, 2012


This looks great!

grimjob on Sep 13, 2012


I liked it. Looks very promising...Day-Lewis is always one to watch out for. Oh yeah...the top hat looks epic.

Xerxexx on Sep 13, 2012


I dont care how historically accurate or inaccurate it may be anything with DDL in and I am in.

Cody W on Sep 13, 2012


why i can't go that far, i LOVED "gangs of new york" and "there will be blood".

beevis on Sep 14, 2012


Last of the Mohicans is one of my all-time favorites 🙂

AD on Sep 17, 2012


I just keep thinking Lincoln's voice is going to be deeper than that, so half the time I don't even realize it's him speaking until they show him talking.

Thexn on Sep 13, 2012


Same here. I expected a different voice. For some reason, like the one from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

max on Sep 14, 2012


i never thought i'd hear a lincoln and "bill and teds excellent adventure" comparison.....LOL

beevis on Sep 14, 2012


Exactly! Robert Barron's portrayal of Lincoln in that movie may not have been Academy Award winning, or possibly even historically accurate, but tell me that's not what you think of when you picture Lincoln!

Thexn on Sep 29, 2012


His voice according to people who knew him was high pitched...

Nuno Lopes on Sep 14, 2012


wonderful!....and i never noticed before but the film has an amazing cast. i'll see this as soon as it's out.

beevis on Sep 14, 2012


Lincoln looks great. But the rest of the cast just look silly. especially sally fields and tommy lee jones.... uhggg. Also the film looks too clean and generic which makes everything look fake. Just like warhorse looked. yuck.

Nick Mercer on Sep 14, 2012


Day-Lewis looks amazing in it... i'm really stunnig by this trailer...

D. on Sep 14, 2012


Yeah Lincoln sounds way too much like D.D. Lewis...that's a problem!

Brad White on Sep 14, 2012


What's the over-under on Oscar noms for this one?

mdisloki on Sep 14, 2012


War Horse part deux - The adventures of saint Lincoln. The schmaltz and feel-good of the trailer is just so over the top. Lincoln was a great president, but this over the top presentation does not feel attached to this reality.

HyperJ on Sep 14, 2012


Wow...I just love it when a trailer gives me goosebumps! Can't wait!

weezy1 on Sep 14, 2012


This looks really good, I wonder how it ends?

Rain Spider on Sep 14, 2012


Better than that wacky vampire slayer version 😀

redskulllives on Sep 14, 2012


What, no stakes and Vampires? What has the world come to? Spielberg is re-writing history!

vasras on Sep 16, 2012


Where the heck are all the vampires!?

Micah Wilkins on Sep 21, 2012


This is a must see! Looks great and promising!

Orlando Perez on Sep 25, 2012

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