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Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 September 1960 (USA)
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In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.



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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Missy Le Hand
James Roosevelt
Anna Roosevelt
Dr. Bennett
Pat Close ...
Elliott Roosevelt
Robin Warga ...
Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
Tom Carty ...
Johnny Roosevelt
Mr. Brimmer
Capt. Skinner


The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 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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Even if you never heard his name...Even if this whole story was make-believe...you'll not soon forget this drama of devotion, this laughter through tears, this motion picture of motion pictures... See more »


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26 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Dez Passos Imortais  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the Wikipedia website: "The film was produced with the cooperation of the Roosevelt family. Eleanor Roosevelt was present on the set during location shooting at the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York." See more »


When Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the 1924 convention, he did not walk to the podium on crutches. His son James Roosevelt supported him on one side, while he supported himself with a cane on the other. This gave more of an appearance of walking to an observer. See more »


Franklin Delano Roosevelt: When you're forced to sit a lot, and watch others move about, you feel apart, lonely - because you can't get up and pace around.
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Bellamy and Garson make a truly convincing team.
18 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I'm a fan of biographies, but most I never want to watch again even if they were pretty good. SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO is an exception to my usual rule. This is such a complex and emotional film that it's worth seeing at least once.

Ralph Bellamy repeats his successful stage role and does so with great aplomb. But the real bravo goes to Greer Garson. She's barely recognizable as Eleanor Roosevelt. I'm sure she gave Meryl Streep a lesson or two in becoming a real life character vs. portraying one. Both are fine actresses, but I'd say Garson accomplishes this goal even more so than Streep in THE IRON LADY. However, there's no need to have a competition. My point is that the great actresses of today clearly were influenced by the great ones of yesteryear. Garson, though nominated, didn't win the Oscar. Elizabeth Taylor did for BUTTERFIELD 8. This film is an example of an actress who might have won in a less political year. But the Oscars aren't the litmus test for all films.

Garson's Eleanor Roosevelt champions Bellamy's FDR, overcomes his and her own adversities, raises a large family to boot, and is still one of the most famous women in history. Garson has no trouble whatsoever in accomplishing this great feat of portraying so adeptly this powerhouse of a woman. If you like American history (tweaked of course to pass the Hays code), biographies, or Bellamy, or especially Garson, then watch this engrossing film and be transported to another era where even the rich, famous, and powerful people have problems, yet they lead by example and overcome the necessary obstacles together that cover the steps (literally) which eventually lead to their place in political history.

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