Don’t miss tonight’s 60 Minutes:

Steven Spielberg took more than 10 years to research his film about Abraham Lincoln. He wanted to get it just right because he’s always wanted to tell the story of America’s 16th president. It’s a story of leadership and healing, both relevant topics in today’s world, he tells Lesley Stahl in his first interview about the upcoming film, which he says is like no other he has ever done.

The interview, which will contain the first clips from the film “Lincoln,” will be broadcast on 60 Minutes on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. PT.

“I’ve always wanted to tell a story about Lincoln. I saw a paternal father figure, someone who was completely, stubbornly committed to his ideals, his vision,” he tells Stahl. “I think the film is very relevant for today. It’s about leadership.”


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  • bill

    if anyone has a link please post it!

  • CBS will have an embed video we can post in a few hours. Will keep an eye out.

  • KT

    This was a great interview–it’s amazing Steven’s parents are still alive and have continued to inspire his work. Thanks for the heads up!

  • steve50

    He’s still a kid at heart, no question.

    I’m very anxious to see him out of his element with Lincoln, just to see how he handles it. He sure has the material in front of the camera to make it work.

    “I can do special effects in my sleep.” Loved it. Could that mean a change in direction for SS?

  • a friend

    i keep feeling like were looking at a best picture winner…

  • Love him or not, he’s legend and I get excited whenever a new film of his comes out. We are lucky to have him and hopefully will be blessed to have him for decades to come.

    On that note, his father is 95 and doesn’t look it at all. He looks like he’s in his 70s. Amazing.

  • Jon

    A pretty good interview (I would expect nothing less from 60 MINUTES). They managed to get past the typical Spielberg answers he has for the few interviews he grants these days, and I felt for the first time like the viewer actually got to understand him as a man. There were still some typical cheesey moments (dressing in a suit on the set) but I am realizing these cheesey moments are part of what makes Spielberg, well, Spielberg.

  • Houstonrufus

    I was very moved by the interview. And fascinated. It’s a treat getting a look into the process behind a film like that. It still amazes me how much goes into making a film of that scale.

    And I agree, Vince. Regardless of how you feel about him or even if a particular movie sinks or swims, a Speilberg opening still has the feel of a special event.

  • hmmmm… interesting. Wonder if any sort of zeitgeist may build up around this one.

  • steve50, you know Spielberg’s heart very well, it seems. Are you a cardiologist? Oops, this is a question. You said, ‘no question’. Sorry.

    And why would one need to see Lincoln to witness his ‘adult heart’ when he’s been making serious, adult-driven films since the 80’s?

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