|Written by||Gore Vidal (novel)|
Ernest Kinoy (screenplay)
|Directed by||Lamont Johnson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||Bill Finnegan|
|Running time||188 minutes|
|Production companies||Chris/Rose Productions|
|Original release||March 27, 1988|
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. 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.