Revealing mistake: When Stevens leaves the house about halfway through and sits on a bench there is a modern electrical outlet on the wall to his left.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tommy Lee Jones takes home a copy of the bill it is folded lengthwise, when he hands it to Epatha Merkeson it is folded crosswise.

Factual error: In one of the scenes in which took place in a white room, on the door behind the character's head is a modern day "door closer". Door closers were invented in 1880 by Lewis C Norton of the the LCN Company and the first one was installed at Boston Trinity Church in 1880, was some 15 years after this film took place.

Dave G

Factual error: In the flag ceremony Lincoln raise a US Flag with 35 stars which was in use from 1863-1865. Later, Lincoln is riding through the aftermath of a battle scene and the soldier following is carrying a flag which matches the 1877 US flag with 38 stars.

Continuity mistake: When Thaddeus Stevens tells Lincoln that the people elected him to represent them and he should try it, Lincoln's head is directly facing Thaddeus. In the next shot his head is down and certainly not looking at Thaddeus.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Lincoln and his son arrive at the Army Hospital in the horse-drawn carriage, look at the dirt road in the background. If you look closely, there appears to be tire tracks from tires of a modern-day vehicle.


Continuity mistake: When Thaddeus Stevens is seen for the first time in the movie (in his office), there is a bust near the edge of his desk. But when Thaddeus stands up, the bust is at least 5 or 6 inches further away from the edge.

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Continuity mistake: When Lincoln is giving his soliloquy about abolishing slavery, if you look close, Secretary Seward"s elbows are on the table with his hands folded and his chin resting on them. Soon after, When Lincoln says "Blood's been spilt to afford us this moment!" you'll see that Secretary Seward pulls his elbows off the table and onto his lap. The next cut is Lincoln pointing to Seward and the rest of the bunch screaming "Now! Now! Now!" At this time, Seward's hands are back on the table in the exact position they were before. (01:45:00)

Pheel Abruzzese

Factual error: When Mrs. Lincoln is greeting the guests at the party, she says, "The White House and the other house." The presidential mansion was not called the White House until Teddy Roosevelt gave it that name in 1901.

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Suggested correction: Teddy Roosevelt only made the nickname "The White House" the official name in 1901. The nickname was used in the 1800s.


Abraham Lincoln: With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

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Trivia: Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy Award for Best Actor for this film, becoming the first (and thus far, only) actor to win the award three times. This was also the first Steven Spielberg-directed film to win an Academy Award in an acting category.


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Question: In all the articles I have read, Booth shot Lincoln then jumped out of the box into the audience below, spraining his ankle. He managed to escape because the audience thought it was part of the act. In the movie the show is interrupted by the Manager coming onto the stage to announce that Lincoln had just been shot - no disruption during the show until then. Is this a goof or not?

Answer: Lincoln was shot at Ford's theater while attending the play Our American Cousin. The interruption by the manager to announce that Lincoln had been shot was during a different play that Tad Lincoln was watching at the time in a completely different theater.


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