Young Mr. Lincoln
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

In this biography of Abraham Lincoln, the President is wonderfully portrayed by Henry Fonda. The film follows Lincoln during his early years in Illinois, as he rises from a country boy born in a log cabin to a famous lawyer in Springfield.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 9, 1939
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Time Out

This first product of the Ford-Fonda partnership -- reputedly a favourite not only of Ford but of Eisenstein too -- today commands classic status.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This just might be Fonda's most spellbinding performance.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
fonda is truly great in this, a very entertaining film
jay nixon
Solid if a bit overemphatic story of some of Lincoln's early years and a trial that raised the country's awareness of him and started him on the path… More
Kevin M. Williams
John Ford's Young Mr.Lincoln is less biopic than a courtroom drama as the young lawyer's first big case is defending two men accused of murder ... but… More
Michael Gildea
The word "badass" (not in the Bourne or Bond sense, more like George Bailey if that makes any sense) generally isn't associated with the name… More
Graham Jones
A perfect film and an amazing portrayal of Lincoln by Fonda. The scene of the killing contains some of my favorite images on film.
John Ballantine
What Ford and Spielberg have discovered is that you can take any slice of Lincoln's life and put together a very entertaining film. It makes a film… More