Watch: 'Lincoln' gets a new trailer
October 4th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Watch: 'Lincoln' gets a new trailer

Taking advantage of the night's presidential theme, a new trailer for Steven Spielberg's November biopic "Lincoln" arrived on Wednesday.

A clip for the project debuted last month during a Google Play event, but Spielberg cautioned viewers that it provided "only a slight texture, a little tone or offering of the tone of the film."

That tone has shifted slightly with the new trailer, as the two-minute clip, titled "Unite," ramps up the action.

Before we see the battles waged as Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis, worked to abolish slavery, the trailer opens with a montage of history-making moments and revolutionary figures, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi.

While Spielberg has emphasized that "Lincoln" will treat the 16th president asĀ  "a man, not a monument," the new clip gives Lincoln his due as a leader with the ability to impact the lives of generations to come.

"No one is loved as much as you by the people," Sally Field's Mary Todd Lincoln tells the president at one point. "Don't waste that power."


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  1. Robert

    I can already tell this film is totally misrepresenting Lincoln. He was a calm, somber individual who took time to listen to what people said to him. Not some fired up abolitionist, self-righteously yelling at everyone around him. Dumb.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. TK

    Rick Schultz & Bob Fates...really? I mean, REALLY? You're an embarrassment to the South.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Fates from Chicago

      Go through life ignorant of your own history. This will make it easier for you to sacrifice your children in meaningless wars.

      October 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HM8432

    It looks like it will be a good movie, but it's just ANOTHER movie about Lincoln. I'd like to see a movie made about one of the lesser known President's, maybe Jackson, Polk, Grant, McKinley or something. I'm sure they have pretty interesting stories to be told, they just don't get the same overexposure like Washington and Lincoln do.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James Merritt II

    would someone please take out another republican BEFORE he gets to the white house?

    October 9, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Harry

    For Northerstar – Check your history my firend. Salvery was abolished in England in 1837 shortly after Queen Victoria was crowned. The Civil War started with the secession of S. Carolina in December 1860. Lincoln was a complex man, he only partially embraced abolition with the Emancipation Proclamation, which only freed the slaves in the states then in rebellion. In other words it didn't free very many slaves. He needed the abolition support for reelection in 1864, only then did he fully embrace the freeing of the slaves.

    October 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Fates from Chicago

    Lincoln was a vile, amoral beast. He rightfully burns in hell for eternity alonside the likes of Hitler and Stalin.

    October 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • northerstar

      Just which of the 3 countries in North America would you want to be living in now had Lincoln NOT stood up for the UNION ? Canada, Northern United States of America or the Southern Confederate States of America ? The Southern states did not have the legal or moral right to leave the Union. "We the people" are just temporary occupants of this country and the Southern cause would never have stood the test of time. Slavery had been outlawed in Europe 200 years before the US Civil War. It would be hard to believe Slavery would have continued much longer with the industrial revolution on its way.

      October 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Fates from Chicago

      Licoln despised the blacks. Wanted every last one of them deported from the United States. A lovely man. Allowed his number one war criminal, Sherman, to commit genocide on the civilian population.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Shultz

      Thank you Bob, for your support. At least there is one person in this forum who is more interested in preserving the CORRECT version of history instead of glorifying the worst villian ever to infest the White House. No matter what the apologists say, all of the southern states had reserved the right of cecession before ratifying the consitution which is
      also a matter of public record no matter how much they deny it. He deserved exactly what he got and my only regret
      is that John Wilkes Booth didn't shoot him at his first inuaguration when he had the chance. Booth could have saved
      the South incredible destruction and 640,000 lives with one pull of a trigger. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20 and I guess
      it will always be that way. Good evening to you sir. Sic Semper Tyrannis!

      October 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rick SHultz

    The He!! there weren't! There were confederate civians killed all during the war. Sherman burned women and children and old people alive in their houses all through Southern Georgia and there are thousands of diary entrys and news stories to
    prove it. Just because you want to believe the Yankee history books does not mean they are right. Lincoln was a criminal,
    pure and simple, and his public acts prove it!

    October 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Artemis Pyles

      Abraham Lincoln was deserving of glory but when he got to drinking it was a whole other story.

      October 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • allen

      I watched a movie about Abraham Lincoln. He was the President who hunted vampires.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EM

    I had expected that the level of discourse might be a bit higher on CNN than on Yahoo. Sadly, not the case.

    October 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jose O.

    I believe, like most people, that Lincoln was one of the greatest U.S. presidents ever, and for a person of his times had to do unorthodox things to have things go the way of the union. Yes, during peace times and overall harmony I completely get habeas corpus, but during open conflict, widespread high treason, and terrorism, the former are niceties. As for character, the most important union and rebel generals had played for the same team during the U.S.-Mexico war; were they ever conflicted enough to stop fighting because the war was nakedly about expansionism, and the inmorality thereof? Not in the least, not that they should I might add.

    I don't like tommy lee Jones. Whenever I see him, I get this stupid feeling that I'm going to see Will Smith.

    October 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cheating is accepted now

    the man or woman decide if they do not want to do it anymore...they decide the other party does not

    October 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael Calaizzo

    he was not gay.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. robert

    A must see.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Go Yanks!


    October 5, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. MovieFan

    It kind of surprises me that Spielberg would portray him as a vampire hunter.

    October 5, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rick Shultz

    I will be very interested to see if this film does indeed portray the REAL Abraham Lincoln who was a nervously unstable, vulgar criminal who trampled all the rights of the people he ruled for the whole four years of his adminstration. He suspended the writ of habeus corpus and threw 13-20 thousand people into prisons without charging even one of them with a crime. He violently shut down hundreds of opposition newspapers burning their buildings and dumping their printing presses into rivers. He presided over horrendous masscres of Confederate civilians including women and children. He basically destroyed the South and lied about the true purpose of his war of agression against the South. His claim that he was doing all this to save the union and abolish slavery was a lie and just one of many myths that Yankee historians have created to explain his criminal activities which are all a matter of public record. I don't expect Spielburg to mention any of this
    as it would upset Yankee academia's apple cart.

    October 5, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      Yeah, it would have been sooo much better if the war was won by the South! Like, slavery would still be around today and rich, white men could have gotten richer and richer. And while we're at it, suffrage was a bad idea. Yes, you're right. He was horrible. The confederacy had the right idea, keep people enslaved without any hope for freedom. Thanks for setting me straight, Rick!

      October 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      You put the K in the KKK. K as in Kool-Aid.

      October 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • joan

      There was no massacre of women and children or civilians, unless you speak of St. Louis, where the people started it. There was no mass burning of printing presses, but yes, he suspended the writs and threw people in jail. THERE was a war, an insurrection.
      And tell me, was old Jeff Davis any better? he!! no.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackslacks

      Lincoln was a chronic masturbator and rabid Irish hater.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Fates from Chicago

      Now you've done it, Rick. You've done p!ssed off all the clovers. Thank you.

      October 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Was he a


    October 5, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. eqibno

    Sadly, but unsurprisingly, Mr. Lincoln went up against the banks with his "Greenbacks" and like McKinley, Garfield and Kennedy, paid the price for their collective efforts at currency control. The same goes for Andrew Jackson and FDR, but those assassination attempts failed. Good to know just who it is that runs the country...

    October 5, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  18. Reblogged to:


    October 5, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  19. HIP OP

    -Another Lincoln?

    Meanwhile, franchise slum Hollywood is BALKING this year's

    --200th Anniversary of the defeat of Napoleonic Globalism at Moscow

    --100th Anniversary of the Jeckyl Island banking and EUGENICS coup against our republic

    -the 40th Anniversary of teh Nixon-MAO handover Summit

    -and the 20th –30th –40th –50th and NOW 60th Anniversary of the awesomely relevant
    --Globalism–RED China and EUGENICS 'unfriendly'

    --------------KOREAN WAR--------------–


    October 5, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jackie

    Cannot wait till movie, no he was not gay some of these comments have nothing at all to do with movie

    October 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. you look great mama

    keep on truckin!!! the running is moving forward now...on that note...Carmine's Tuesday? ha!

    October 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Happy Birthday --

    who's chuck norris?

    October 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sokman

    Is this the one where he has a rap battle with Chuck Norris?

    October 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. HB

    she has 5 other problems...see you tonight...

    October 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Where is your beak?


    October 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  26. BoringSetUp


    October 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      Don't worry, little fella, I'm sure Michael Bay will bring you a new Transformers movies. And you got G.I. Joe coming out soon, too...

      October 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan (i'm gay)

      would you like to go out sometime

      October 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. I

    always have hope.....

    October 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. annie

    Finally a movie that appears to tell Lincoln's story with all the integrity that one of the icons of our American Heritage deserves......Frankly after the release of the movie Lincoln Vampire Slayer....I was beginning to lose hope

    October 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Donna Summer

    i'd have to see his beak

    October 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Neil

    Still, I heard when he was on Sesame Street playing the Big Bird character that he hit on Ernie. Forgot where I heard it, though. Maybe Lincoln was just bi.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  31. no

    he was a very straight arrow

    October 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Neil

    Wasn't he gay? Lincoln I mean.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |

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