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Florence Nightingale (1985)

The fact-based story of the pioneer of nursing, known as "the Lady with the Lamp".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Russell
Sidney Herbert
Dr. Sutherland
Ann Thornton ...
Dr. Hall (as Jeremy Childs)
Dr. McGregor
Patrick Drury ...
Henry Nicholson
Dr. Menzies
Charles Bracebrige
Lorna Heilbron ...


This is the fact-based story of an aristocratic woman who defies Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers, who are victims of the Crimean war, she finds herself very unwelcome and faces great opposition for her new way of thinking. However through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly becomes known as 'The Lady with the Lamp', the caring nurse whose shadow soldiers kiss. Written by CindyH

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Release Date:

7 April 1985 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Florence  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ellen Pollock had her role deleted from the final print. See more »


Florence Nightingale: Something happened the other day. I think I learned something about myself I didn't know before. I went to Middlesex Hospital. I was drawn there. I wanted so much to learn how to heal the sick. But instead of learning anything or seeing anything, I was frightened and ran away. I want to be brave. I don't want to be a coward. I don't want to be sheltered from the other side of life. I used to think I was called to heal, now I'm certain of it. But I have to learn.
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The background illustrations in the opening credits are wood engravings by Gustave Dore from 'London: A Pilgrimage' (published 1876, although he worked on them from 1870 onwards). See more »


Version of The Lady with a Lamp (1951) See more »

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One of the All Time Great TV Movies!
15 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those films that you remember, as it makes a great impression on any viewer. The story of one of the greatest women in History, who left her mark on the world, this film stays with you. Jaclyn Smith shows that she's more than one of Charlie's Angels, she is one very talented actress. She makes the story of Florence Nightingale really work. This is a story of sacrifice, humanity, tenacious drive and humility. A great supporting cast: Claire Bloom as Fanny Nightingale and Jeremy Brett as William Nightingale, Timothy Dalton as Robert Milne, the love of her life, Brian Cox and Stephen Chase as doctors who become Florence's allies in battling the stubborn British military. We've all heard the name of Florence Nightingale, but few know just what a great woman she truly was. I love biopics simply because they make me hunger to know more about their subjects. This is a perfect example. I must give kudos to director Daryl Duke and writers Rose Goldemberg and Ivan Moffat for a brilliantly made TVM.

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