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The Better Angels (2014)

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The story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality.

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A.J. Edwards

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A.J. Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Clarke ... Tom Lincoln
Diane Kruger ... Sarah Lincoln
Brit Marling ... Nancy Lincoln
Wes Bentley ... Mr. Crawford
Braydon Denney ... Abe
Cameron Williams Cameron Williams ... Dennis
McKenzie Blankenship McKenzie Blankenship ... Sally
Ryan McFall Ryan McFall ... Johnny
Madison Stiltner ... Matilda
Bruce Bayard Bruce Bayard ... Uncle Thomas
Veanne Cox ... Aunt Elizabeth
Robert Vincent Smith ... Reverend Elkins
Adam Marton Teters Adam Marton Teters ... Ben (as Adam Tetters)
Ida Joy Ida Joy ... Young School Girl
Riley Brutvan Riley Brutvan ... William
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Storyline

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is raw. Men, women, and children alike must battle nature and disease to survive in remote log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln's world. Spanning three years of the future president's childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Written by Amplify Releasing

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief smoking
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Green Blade Rising See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,246, 9 November 2014

Gross USA:

$70,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,918
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brothers K Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.40:1
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Trivia

Coproduced by Jake DeVito, son of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.1 in G Minor
By Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov
Performed by Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Theodor Kuchar
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A Legends Childhood and Average Life
14 March 2019 | by jennifervazquezvzSee all my reviews

The Better Angels, directed and scripted by A.J Edwards was produced in 2014. The film captures the young life of historical figure Abraham Lincoln. And though the film follows Lincoln specifically, A.J Edwards directs the film in a way that doesn't directly correspond to Lincoln automatically, rather the film is directed to illustrate childhood in its entirely based on the time period. Director A.J Edwards does although follow the basic life story of Abraham Lincoln fairly accurate; his father's imposed importance of labor over studies, his mother's tragic death, his close relationship he forms with his stepmother and his personal interests with wrestling and reading. All in all the film never once take on a defiant position to illustrate Lincoln's life, in which is demonstrated through the films subtly. The film focuses more on the defining details of rural America and only hitts to the connection and correlation they have towards Lincoln's life. The film although about Lincoln's young childhood, could also be about the influence women figures had on Lincoln's upbringing. In which I would argue this film captures perfectly, through the lack of dialogue and through the love and guidance his mother and step mother give him. Adding to this, the films black and white appears as well as the films selective sporadic editing choice highlight that this film is a series of memories that form all of Lincoln's childhood. Edwards did a wonderful job illustrating the life of a legend who was also just another average boy from Indiana, I would definitely recommend the film.


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