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Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 28 September 1960 (USA)
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The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
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The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Ralph Bellamy as the man who never forgot how to smile...Greer Garson as the woman who never forgot how to love... See more »

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Although Ann Shoemaker, who plays FDR's mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, in the film was not in the original Broadway production on opening night, she was the first and only full-time replacement for Anne Seymour in that production. See more »

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When the train departs to carry the Roosevelt family home from Campobello, there's a shot of the departing locomotive accompanied by typical steam-locomotive-starting-up sounds which are not paced or synchronized with the actual operation of the steam engine. See more »

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Sara Delano Roosevelt: [upon hearing Eleanor was out giving a speech] You know my feelings about politics generally. It's a tawdry business for a man. And I believe shocking for a woman.
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A story of fortitude
18 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good old fashioned biography of FDR's struggle against polio and his journey back to the political arena. Good supporting performances and a handsome production add luster to this.

The real strength of this is in the performances of the lead pair. Greer Garson as Eleanor does a terrific approximation of that great lady, people have mentioned that her teeth are distracting but Mrs.Roosevelt did have large teeth and an overbite so kudos to the studio for remaining true to the actual woman. She was still alive when this came out so the audiences of the time were well aware of her appearance. It's only a surface characteristic anyway and Garson portrayal goes much deeper giving a fine account of the future first lady.

However it's Ralph Bellamy in the best role he ever had as FDR that walks away with top acting honors. Having performed the role on stage he has perfected it to a fine point and richly deserved the Oscar nomination he received. He conveys both FDR's weariness as well as the strength required to bounce back from the blow polio dealt him.

Beautifully appointed this is studio film making at its best. Wonderful ending.


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