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An Oscar-winning Daniel Day-Lewis shows all the greatness required to play the 16th American president in Steven Spielberg's mesmerising history lesson. Focusing on the last four months of his life, the drama follows Lincoln as he strives to put an end to slavery, a noble act that meets with ferocious opposition - not least because it could prolong the Civil War. Superbly staged and performed by a star-spangled cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and James Spader, few epics come as rich in detail, intrigue and character. Four score stars and seven? Make it five.