Spielberg, his actors and the production and historian team---for the actual sounds, etc., have outdone themselves!! This was zeroed in on a most important piece of legislation during our bloodiest war, our Emancipation Proclamation---well overdue. To try to tell the entire Lincoln story would to be a three day film fest!! I wouldn't want that. I like the way it was done and leaving out the brutal assassination, only showing what happened from the 'other' theatre (forgive me but the name escapes me now.) and Tad's response was heartwrenching. Mom and I wept even though the ending was clear, I loved the beginning with Abraham talking to some of the soldiers at an encampment; teir attempts to remember verbatim the Gettysberg Address; each helping the other, was a terrific start to a wonderful film. In "Killing Lincoln," the night President and First Lady Lincoln left the White House for For Ford's Theatre, the authors' stated that the "Open Door Policy" to the White House would end that night. I've always wondered why the guard who left his post---even drinking in a bar with Boothe, who had a long list of infractions was never summarily dismissed and brought up on charges of treason as well. This will be the biggest contender against Les Miserables and I hope both do very well at the Academy awards. I certainly cannot understand a man who wrote that he hated it and thought it was boring. Perhaps he should have lived then and been a soldier---or visit a re-enactment, when Lincoln impersonators take their lives and put them at risk from would-be assassins---and they are MERELY PERFORMERS MUCH LIKE DANIEL DAY-LEWIS. Give it a try you blustery hypocrite!! You obviously don't get American history, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln or what America is all about!! This film is a GEM, and I CANNOT WAIT to GET MY OWN COPY!!!!!