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Young Mr. Lincoln (2-DVD)

The story of Abraham Lincoln that has NEVER been told!
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Format:  DVD  (2 Discs)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 9, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1939
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride (Searching for John Ford: A Life)
    • Omnibus: "John Ford," part one: filmmaker Lindsay Anderson's profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II
    • Talk-show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975
    • Audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the director's grandson Dan Ford
    • Academy Award radio dramatization of the film
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 22


User Ratings: 2,297
Rating: A -- This just might be Fonda's most spellbinding performance. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2007
This first product of the Ford-Fonda partnership -- reputedly a favourite not only of Ford but of Eisenstein too -- today commands classic status. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: A -- 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. Full Review
Jan 26, 2006
Rating: B+ -- Rangy, folksy, slow-spoken and self-deprecating, Fonda embodies the young Honest Abe persona as comfortably and naturally as the frontier clothes he wears. Full Review
Decent Films Guide
Feb 12, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- 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. Full Review
TV Guide
Oct 17, 2007
Henry Fonda manages plainspoken eloquence in this visually simple, morally complex movie, a too rarely emulated model for political filmmaking. -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly
Feb 17, 2006
Rating: 5/5 -- Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Feb 1, 2011

Product Description:

John Ford's film on the early career of Abraham Lincoln, which centers on an apocryphal murder trial, impressed even the great Sergei Eisenstein. It stars Henry Fonda as the title character, who opts for the law after receiving encouragement from his early, ill-fated love, Anne Rutledge (Pauline Moore). Too poor to own even a horse, he arrives in Springfield on a mule and soon establishes a law practice with friend John Stuart (Edwin Maxwell). At a July 4th celebration, a man is murdered in a brawl, and the accused are Matt and Adam Clay (Richard Cromwell and Eddie Quillan), two brothers of a family that Lincoln knows. After saving the two men from a lynch mob, Lincoln becomes their defending attorney, a difficult task since each man claims guilt to spare the other. Admiring his courage, Mary Todd (Marjorie Weaver) invites him to her sister's soiree and expresses an intense interest in his future. More pressing is his meeting with Abigail Clay (Alice Brady), who understandably refuses to tell Lincoln which of her sons is the killer. Although entirely fictional, Ford's fable conveys the essence of the great man's character: honesty, humor, wisdom, and a shrewdness that knew how to take a back road to reach the high road. A triumph of acting, writing, and direction, YOUNG MR. LINCOLN features one of Fonda's greatest screen performances.

Plot Synopsis:

This biography provides a glimpse into the fascinating life Abraham Lincoln led before he became a politician, focusing especially on Lincoln's prowess in his first career as a lawyer as he defends two brothers accused of murder in what becomes a very incendiary trial.


Production Notes:

  • Additional cast: Judith Dickens (Carrie Sue); Kay Linaker (Mrs. Edwards); Cliff Clark (Sheriff Billings); Clarence Hummel Wilson (Dr. Mason); Billy Watson (Young Matt Clay); Delmar Watson (Young Adam Clay); Harry Tyler (Barber).

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  • Sales Rank: 79,996
  • UPC: 715515208819
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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