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8 November 1965 (USA) See more »
Richard Kaplan documents the life of one of America's most influential first ladies. Orphaned at age 10... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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Not really a biography but more of an uncritical and extremely effusive tribute See more (2 total) »


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Eric Sevareid ... Narrator (voice) (as Eric Severeid)
Archibald Macleish ... Narrator (voice) (as Archibald MacLeish)
Corinne Alsop Cole ... Narrator (voice) (as Mrs. Francis Cole)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hillary Clinton ... Herself (story introduction)

Eleanor Roosevelt ... Herself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Richard Kaplan 
Writing credits
Archibald Macleish  (as Archibald MacLeish)

Produced by
Sidney Glazier .... producer
Original Music by
Ezra Laderman 
Film Editing by
Miriam Arsham 
Sound Department
Alan Heim .... sound effects editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Lou Leighton .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Halsman .... still photographer: title photo
Other crew
Roberta Aarons .... researcher
Robert Buchman .... assistant to producer
Eleanor Ferrar .... researcher
Sidney Glazier .... conceived by
Shirley Green .... researcher
Yung Mei .... assistant to producer
Jim Sage .... researcher
Merle Worth .... researcher
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min
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Erroneously listed as an AIP (American International Pictures) release in the AMPAS's award list.See more »


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Not really a biography but more of an uncritical and extremely effusive tribute, 4 February 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I am NOT anti-Eleanor Roosevelt in any way, however, this Oscar-winning film is not something I could recommend. Why? Well, because the film does not seem like a biography at all--perhaps not even a documentary. Instead of giving a semi-balanced and occasionally critical analysis of her life, it's more an effusive tribute the the lady. While some like this sort of thing, I hate it for a film about anyone to be so gushing and fully of flowery prose (as the narration was written by a noted poet, Archibald Macleish). Heck, if I were Mrs. Roosevelt, I'd be turning in my grave or haunting those who made the film because it seems so unreal--like she was being nominated for sainthood! Her life was indeed fascinating and she was an admirable woman, so perhaps there is a better documentary you can find about her---I'd just steer clear of this one.

By the way, I did mention that this was an Oscar winner. Considering Eleanor Roosevelt had just recently died and was beloved by many, I can understand why the film was a winner. Today, however, I can't see it even being nominated because of its style. Plus, she is no longer held in such high regard as younger people have begun to forget who she was and her remarkable life.

Also, there was one portion of the film I did like--the discussion of her very bleak childhood. I really wanted to hear more about this and found a more human side to her here. Later, though, it got pretty bad.

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