The almost entirely true story of Abraham Lincoln and his self-appointed bodyguard.
When Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes) is elected President, he brings only one friend to Washington: his banjo-playing, joke-telling former law partner and confidant, Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco). Lamon is large and handy with a gun, and when the first assassination attempt occurs in 1861, Lamon appoints himself the President’s bodyguard.
He serves Lincoln faithfully throughout the four years of the Civil War and from this unique perspective, Lamon witnesses every aspect of Lincoln’s fiery trial as Commander-in-Chief, from the constant military and political pressure, to the personal losses of friends and family members. Lamon soothes Lincoln’s tormented soul, saves him from repeated attempts on his life, and introduces him at the Gettysburg Address.
Lamon is not present on that fateful night at Ford’s Theater in 1865 because Lincoln sends him on a mission, yet it is Lamon who redefines that tragic event in a surprising and uplifting manner. This visually unique film features sets created from actual Civil War photographs.
The fourth movie featuring the iconic President of the United States in less than twelve months.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was nominated for 12 Oscars. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a horror movie, was released in theaters in the summer of 2012. And Killing Lincoln, based on Bill O’Reilly’s #1 2012 NY Times Best selling non-fiction book, arrives on TV in 2013.