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October 21, 2014, 4:29 pm
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Spielberg Film About Lincoln Opens Today in Springfield

Movie poster for "Lincoln"Today, Springfield finally gets the chance to see the critically-acclaimed film about its favorite son.


“Lincoln” opens in wide release today, one week after it opened in a handful of major cities.


The Steven Spielberg film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, and focuses mainly on the final months of the 16th President’s life as he tries to win passage of the 13th Amendment, which abolishes slavery.


Although the film bypassed shooting in Springfield, Day-Lewis did spend some time at the presidential library and museum to do research.


Among the small touches in the film… there is the sound of a ticking pocket watch in some scenes.


That sound is Lincoln’s actual pocket watch, which still exists.


A museum in Kentucky owns the watch, and wound it so Spielberg could record the ticking sound for use in the film.

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