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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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Fanny Nightingale
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Richard Milnes
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William Russell
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Dr. Sutherland
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William Nightingale
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Selina
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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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A História de Florence  »

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Claire Bloom has starring billing in the main titles but her role is a extended cameo not a lead. See more »

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Fanny Nightingale: Inside the hospital?
Florence Nightingale: Not much to see on the outside.
Fanny Nightingale: You, without asking our permission, went alone into all that filth and squalor?
Florence Nightingale: That's a fair description of it, Mama. How did you know?
Parthe Nightingale: How dare you address mama in that fashion!
Florence Nightingale: Would you have me contradict her and say that it was beautiful? Or that the doctors and nurses were sober? Or that the floors were sparkling and clean instead of filthy and verminous? And that the stench was almost enough to make...
Fanny Nightingale: Florence, that is quite enough!
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Version of The Lady with a Lamp (1951) See more »

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Excellent biographical movie about the Lady of the Lamp.
7 March 2001 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Jaclyn Smith gives an excellent portrayal of Florence Nightingale, the proper English lady who left her prim, aristocratic lifestyle to provide care and treatment of injured soldiers in the poorest conditions. Although this is a movie based on the life of The Lady of the Lamp, Ms. Smith brings to life the history of nursing and the birth of sterilization and sanitation. This is a most enlightening movie which is entertaining as well. I highly recommend the movie.


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