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Film / The Day Lincoln Was Shot

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A 1998 American TV Movie based on a book by Jim Bishop is a recreation of Abraham Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth, following the events before and after the deaths of both men.

The film was directed by John Gray and stars Lance Henriksen as Lincoln and Rob Morrow as John Wilkes Booth, along with Donna Murphy, Wil Wheaton, Eddie Jones, and Jeremy Sisto.

Movie aired on April 12, 1998 on TNT.

Tropes of the movie include:

  • The Film of the Book: Based on Jim Bishop's book of the same name.
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, who is trying to lead the US in the aftermath of the Civil War.
    • John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Lincoln.
    • Other historical characters like Mary Todd Lincoln, William Seward, Edwin Stanton, George Aterzodt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, Frederick Seward, Major Henry Reed Rathbone, Clara Harris, Laura Keene, Doctor Charles Leale, Sergeant Boston Corbett and other historical figures.
  • Period Piece: Set in 1865, after the beginning of the end of the American Civil War.
  • Tagline: "The murder. The manhunt. The events that stunned a nation".
  • Where Are They Now: Booth's conspirators are revealed to be have been put on trial and the four were hanged while the four others were transferred to another prison location. Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th US president. Secretary of State William Seward, his 2 sons (Frederick and Augustus), and two officials (Doctor George Robinson and State Department Clerk Emerick Hansell) all survive their wounds after the savage, but failed, attempt by Lewis Powell. After suffering the death of her 18-year-old son in 1871, Tad Lincoln, Mary Lincoln was committed to an insane asylum and died in 1882. The credits revealed that Robert served as Secretary of War under James Garfield and Ambassador to the United Kingdom and later lived until his death in 1926.