Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (1930)

To date, this D.W. Griffith epic is the only talking-picture effort to encapsulate the entire life of Abraham Lincoln, from cradle to grave. The script, credited to Stephen Vincent Benet, manages to include all the familiar high points,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 1930
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
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Variety Staff

Abraham Lincoln is a startlingly superlative accomplishment.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

D. W. Griffith's first sound film, from 1930, is as ungainly and majestic as its subject.

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TV Guide

Brilliant flashes of direction permeate the entire film, and it remains distinctively a product of the great master.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Working with the sort of mythic material later associated with John Ford, Griffith gives us a primordial Lincoln, perfectly incarnated by Walter Huston, and a dreamlike sense of destiny that his camera fully articulates.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It feels mostly like an antique, but even antiques have their own particular beauties.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Recommended solely for Walter Huston's performance.

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is quite a worthy pictorial offering with a genuinely fine and inspiring performance by Walter Huston in the role of the martyred President.

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Sympathetic, sophisticated and, for those with a keen eye, echoed in the work of Hitchcock and Welles.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An archaic biopic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
An episodic, classroom-style retelling of the life of the most famous U.S. president. D.W.Griffith, an unabashed southern sympathizer, lends his sweeping style… More
Dimitris Springer
Hey folks,a Lincoln biography predecessor to the Spielberg triumphant results in a couple of years!Seriously,a well-made film brings in a rather static picture… More
Cindy I
This early sound film from D.W. Griffith is almost episodic in its telling of the life of our 16th president. The editing gives the film no flow, but rather the… More
Panta Oz
This is the earliest biographical film about American president Abraham Lincoln, and is directed by D. W. Griffith. It stars Walter Huston as Lincoln and Una… More