Young Mr. Lincoln
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Young Mr. Lincoln
John Ford's fine direction distinguishes this highly fictionalized account of the early life of Abraham Lincoln. The film shows Lincoln (Henry Fonda) as he rises from a country boy born in a log cabin to a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois defending two young men unjustly accused of murder. The film, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Screenplay" for its screenwriter Lamar Trotti. Henry Fonda perhaps the most American of actors, is at his best playing Lincoln as the quintessential, compassionate American hero. ~ Linda Rasmussen,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This first product of the Ford-Fonda partnership -- reputedly a favourite not only of Ford but of Eisenstein too -- today commands classic status."
‑ , Time Out
"Henry Fonda's characterization is one of those once-in-a-blue-moon things: a crossroads meeting of nature, art and a smart casting director."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"John Ford produced greater films, but perhaps not a single one that was more perfect or more Fordian... [there's] a confidence of purpose and a unity across all the elements of its creation."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of John Ford's most perfectly realized works, an effortless jelling of his bawdy sense of humor, his patriotism, his mythical sense of history and his gorgeous, cinematic poetry."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Ford-Fonda team delivers another classic."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Fonda's physical presence throughout the film is a thing of magic, as he seems to glide from one position to the next, never looking awkward even when he is bent in three places to fit within the frame."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"A masterpiece."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A superb motion picture, and one in which Ford's obsession with Americana and the forces and emotions that made this country what it is are plainly in view."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Rangy, folksy, slow-spoken and self-deprecating, Fonda embodies the young Honest Abe persona as comfortably and naturally as the frontier clothes he wears."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Heroic depiction, a la John Ford, of Abe Lincoln."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"One of the decade's most significant works, the film was admired by Soveit director Sergei Eisenstein for its embodiment of the era's spirit and by the French critics of Cahiers du Cinema for its convergence of ideology and style."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"This just might be Fonda's most spellbinding performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"interesting from a historical perspective, if it's not quite the masterpiece some adherents have made it out to be"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A beautiful and surprisingly humane biopic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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