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Saving Lincoln | 2013 | NR | - 0.5.4

A self-appointed bodyguard of President Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes), US Marshall Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco), offers his friendship and protection during the most difficult times of the Civil War. Also with Penelope Ann Miller, Creed Bratton and Josh Stamberg. Directed by Salvador Litvak. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - We see a man and a woman holding hands.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We hear a gunshot and moments later see two men and two young boys standing over a dead man; the man's body is covered by a blood-soaked sheet and is resting on a door being held by two men while one of the men explains that the man had been shot as he was walking down the stairs of an enemy-run building. We see a soldier being shot as he throws his body in front of another man and the soldier clutches his chest (no blood is visible). We hear gunshots and sounds of battle and explosions and see soldiers and puffs of smoke from explosions on a battlefield.
 We see two men watch as several doctors perform surgery on an injured man: we see the man strapped to a bed and blood is seen on a blanket covering his chest. We see a man looking at photographs of fallen soldiers, including an up-close photograph of a dead man with his face partially blown off. We see two men in a carriage passing by many dead bodies scattered on the ground. We see a slow-pan of photographs of dead men, including an up-close black and white photograph of a man who had been shot in the face (blood and tissue cover the man's face).
 A boy is seen in bed while his mother cries and holds him and we later see him struggling to breathe and it is implied that he stopped breathing; the boy's mother throws herself against a wall repeatedly as his father throws himself on the boy's body, clutching his dead son. We see a woman in bed with her head wrapped and a small amount of blood is seen on the bandage; a man tells the woman's husband, who is visibly upset by the woman's injuries, that the woman had been in a very serious carriage accident when the wheels popped off (the carriage had been intended to be used by the man).
 A man shouts at another man and we hear shots being fired in the background (the two are on a battlefield): one of the men shouts in the other man's face, the other man orders two police officers to pull him away and we see the man dragged away (he struggles and pushes the two police officers away until a third officer holds a gun to the man's head and he is grabbed by the two original police officers and carried away); we later see this scene in an extended flashback of the man being carried away by the police officers. Two men shout at one another, getting close to one another's faces and shouting as they draw swords and threaten each other; another man stands between the two men and fires a gun into the air and the two men calm down. A man pulls back his fist to punch another man; another man tells him not to strike and we see him drop his arm to his side.
 We hear men shouting at one another, telling each other to put down their arms; moments later we see a fog clear and the men laugh (they are friends). A man shouts at another man who shouts back that he is just waiting to take an opportunity to kill the other man. A man shouts at another man, saying the man is in favor of slave labor. A woman shouts at her husband and a second man, telling her husband that he should stay out of harm's way. A man shouts at several other men. A man shouts at another man. We see a montage of different men shouting at one man (we see it from the man's perspective).
 Throughout the movie we hear men discussing the huge number of people who had been killed in battle, including hearing direct numbers (223 people killed, 13,000 people killed, 10,000 people killed, etc.). A man reads aloud a newspaper article about the bodies of five men having been "chopped up" after they were attacked by a group of men. A man is told that another man was shot during a play's performance and we see the man's face as he weeps. A man tells another man that he had been shot at the previous night; he removes his hat and we see a bullet hole through the top of the hat. Three men threaten to kill a man if he allows another man to be injured; we later hear the man tell multiple people that he had sworn on his life to protect the other man.
 A man reads aloud a series of letters that threaten to harm or kill President Lincoln. A man tells a group of men that he had evidence of a plot to murder the President Lincoln, the man advises that the man try to avoid a city, as the plot was very detailed, including that the group of men would start a fight to distract the guards while another man would attack the President and stab him in the stomach. The narrator explains (as we see a man forcibly entering a room and then discovering a large chest addressed to President Lincoln) that a plot had been uncovered where a group of people were plotting to kill the President by infecting him with Yellow Fever, after exposing him to clothing worn by people who had died of Yellow Fever.
 A woman tells her husband that she has experienced visions of their dead son and goes on to explain that she has been seeking the advice of another woman who communicated with dead people. A man tells a group of men a joke about a man dying. Two men share a joke about a young man who had killed his parents and then told the judge to have pity on him because he was a "poor orphan." We hear the narrator explain that a man's infant son had died and we see the man obviously upset as the narrator explains that he was depressed for an extended amount of time. The narrator explains that a woman had received a painting of her husband, portraying the man as being "tarred and feathered." The narrator explains that President Lincoln had the habit of traveling often without a bodyguard.
 During a play, we see a man holding a disembodied head (it is obviously a paper mache prop). A man spits on the ground.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 13 racial slurs, name-calling (soft hands, no account ruffian, thief in the night, namby pamby, imbecilic, feeble, laughing stock, most panicky person I know, incompetent), 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see men at a bar and one man is seen drinking liquor directly from a bottle, we see a man who appears to be intoxicated wandering a train station and he slurs his speech, we see a man being dragged out of a bar, and a man drinks what is presumed to be liquor from a flask.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Slavery, the abolition of slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, Gettysburg, depression, death of a child.

MESSAGE - Political assassinations can change history.

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