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Warm Springs (2005)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 30 April 2005
The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921.

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After polio threatens his political career in the early 1920s, Franklin D. Roosevelt desperately searches for a cure to his newly acquired disease, hoping to regain the use of his legs. He learns of a promising spa in Warm Springs, Ga., and travels there, only to find it dilapidated. Determined to overcome polio, Roosevelt invests in the spa's revitalization and sets about recovering, aided by the support of his wife and physical therapist. Written by Jwelch5742

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The story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt before he became President. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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30 April 2005 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Shepherd Center was closely involved with several aspects of the movie, so much so that producers thanked the hospital in the closing credits. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, which purports to be a newsreel from November 1920, we can hear FDR talking and people cheering as part of the film. Film with sound wasn't invented until 1927. See more »

Quotes

Eloise Hutchinson: [Franklin Roosevelt must hide his disability when speaking politically] I wish he could just wheel himself out in front of everybody.
Pat Doyle: Eloise, sweetheart, he can't - it's politics.
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Referenced in Quinceañera (2006) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster (uncredited)
Performed by Raul Malo
Danced by Felicia Day (uncredited) and Jody Thompson (uncredited)
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How did even two people give this a 1 out of 10?
8 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm in shock that two people gave this excellent film a 1 out of 10. I can perhaps see how some didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did, but to rate it as awful shows just plain ignorance to me.

Not only is this gem beautifully scripted, wonderfully shot and edited, as well as tremendously directed, but Cynthia Nixon and Kenneth Branagh dominate. I am familiar with a wide selection of Branagh's work, and this is one of his best performances to date! FDR is my favorite President, and I surely feel that Branagh does justice to the man.

On a personal note, I was brought to tears on three separate occasions when watching this film. Now, this may not seem like much, but rare is it that a tear falls from my eye even once during a showing.

Please, please see this film, if only for it's inspiration. I believe this is a sadly overlooked masterpiece, and we must not allow it to be forgotten. If you liked his Hamlet, you'll love his Franklin.


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