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Written byGore Vidal (novel)
Ernest Kinoy (screenplay)
Directed byLamont Johnson
ComposerErnest Gold
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersBill Finnegan
Pat Finnegan
Sheldon Pinchuk
ProducerBob Christiansen
CinematographyWilliam Wages
EditorJames Oliver
Running time188 minutes
Production companiesChris/Rose Productions
Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions
Original networkNBC
Picture formatTechnicolor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseMarch 27, 1988 (1988-03-27)

Lincoln, also known as Gore Vidal's Lincoln, is a 1988 American television miniseries starring Sam Waterston as Abraham Lincoln, Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Richard Mulligan as William H. Seward. It was directed by Lamont Johnson and was based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Gore Vidal. It covers the period from Lincoln's election as President of the United States to the time of his assassination. (It can also be noted that Waterston would later dub the voice of Lincoln in Ken Burns's documentary The Civil War the following year.)

Lamont Johnson won an Emmy for directing Lincoln.[1] The miniseries was also nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Art Direction in a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Mary Tyler Moore), Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Mini-series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Ruby Dee) at the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The film was shot almost entirely in Richmond, Virginia, and it cost $8 million to produce.[2]



  1. ^ "Emmy-Winning Director Lamont Johnson Dies at 88". October 26, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Television: A Filtered Portrait of Lincoln Comes to the Small Screen