Back Seat Producers Season 08 Shows

BSP Episode 270: Lincoln

Release date – 11/9/2012

Touchstone Pictures


  • Steven Spielberg

Produced by

  • Steven Spielberg
  • Kathleen Kennedy

Screenplay by

  • Tony Kushner

Based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin



Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Abraham Lincoln

Sally Field

  • Mary Todd Lincoln

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • Robert Todd Lincoln

Tommy Lee Jones

  • Thaddeus Stevens


  • Historical, but fun to watch.
  • Two and a half hours of a movie about the law.
  • Worst movie since Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunters.
  • NOT about Lincoln, it’s about the Thirteenth Amendment.
  • A mini-series about the Thirteenth Amendment might have been more interesting.
  • (How’s that for across the board reviews?)
  • Assume that the bulk of the audience that would see this movie probably believes that the Civil War was fought about slaves (only).
  • A better movie: James Spader and Tommy Lee Jones’ wig on a buddy-cop adventure.
  • If you love the law, don’t watch it being made.  And salad bars.
  • James Spader was great.
  • Darrell thought Sally Field’s portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln might have been the most accurate possible.
  • There were a lot of things in the movie that were unnecessary to the story; things that just repeated and repeated bits of information about the Emancipation Proclamation and slavery.
  • The hosts, for the most part, don’t like Spielberg’s attempt to force emotions.
  • Disagreements over what were the important points in the movie.
  • Very interesting side discussion about Ender’s Game.
  • This movie was better when it was The American President.
  • DeNiro does Lincoln.

Awards (partial list):

  • American Film Institute – 2013 Movie of the Year
  • Academy Awards – Actor in a Leading Role, Production Design
  • BAFTA – Best Leading Actor
  • Directors Guild of American – Outstanding Directorial Achievement
  • Golden Globes – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards – Male Actor in a Leading Role, Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Jones)

Your Producers for this episode were:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Tony
  • David

This episode was recorded:  5/8/13

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