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The movie ''Lincoln,' with a screenplay written by Tony Kushner, opens in Lake Charles and across the country Friday, Nov. 16. (American Press Archives)<br>

The movie ''Lincoln,' with a screenplay written by Tony Kushner, opens in Lake Charles and across the country Friday, Nov. 16. (American Press Archives)

Kushner penned screenplay for 'Lincoln,' which opens today

Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 8:02 PM

By Cliff Seiber / American Press

The movie “Lincoln,” with a screenplay written by Tony Kushner, opens in Lake Charles and across the country today, Nov. 16.

Kushner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist who grew up in Lake Charles. The script is based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The film was directed by Stephen Spielberg.

The book and film are a political biography about Lincoln and his cabinet, Kushner told the American Press in an interview in January.

“Mainly it’s a political biography of Lincoln and a history of the Lincoln administration,” Kushner said. Lincoln appointed to his cabinet three men who opposed him for the nomination — William Seward, secretary of state; Salmon P. Chase, secretary of treasury; and Edward Bates, attorney general. All held divergent political views.

The film will be screened at the Cinemark theater at Prien Lake Mall. Today’s show times are 11:50 a.m. and 3:20, 6:40 and 10:05 p.m.

Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln, and Sally Fields plays Mary Todd Lincoln. Also in the cast are David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones.

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