I’ve always been interested in telling the story of Abraham Lincoln, he’s one of the most compelling figures in American history and in my life, certainly from childhood when I first was taken at four or five years old to see the Lincoln Memorial. At first I was terribly frightened by the immensity of the statue, and as I got closer I was completely captivated by the comfort I found in looking at his face. I felt really safe as a little boy looking at him. I’ll never forget that moment. - Steven Spielberg
When Steven Spielberg first thought of bringing Lincoln to the screen in 1999, he defied all rules — making a movie that was long (145 minutes), dialogue-driven and wonky in an era when every indicator said this could never be a hit. True, a high-class period piece clearly was awards bait. But who would have thought it could become a bona-fide hit, earning $107.8 million at the domestic box office to date?