Warm Springs (2005)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  30 April 2005 (USA)
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Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Loyless
Fred Botts (as Matthew O'Leary)
Lionel Purdy
Jake Perini (as Andrew Davoli)
Roy Collier
Helena Mahoney
Quint Von Canon ...
Stephen Teller
Hastings, Party Leader
Grayce Spence ...
League Member
Rand Hopkins ...
Dr. Lovett


A look at Franklin D. Roosevelt's pre-presidency days, from his being diagnosed with polio one year after his unsuccessful bid for the White House as presidential nominee James Cox's running mate, through his rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Ga., to his nomination of Al Smith for Democratic Presidential candidate in 1928. Written by Anonymous

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The greatest challenge FDR faced was the one we never saw.


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30 April 2005 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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Throughout the film Louis Howe (played by David Paymer) is seen wearing an old brown overcoat. The real Louis Howe was known to wear the same clothes again and again, much to the dismay of Eleanor Roosevelt. See more »


Hospital patients in the 1920s sing "I Won't Dance," a show tune written in the early 1930s. See more »


Franklin Delano Roosevelt: You never pitied me, Tom. Thank you for that.
Tom Loyless: On the contrary; I envy you.
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Featured in The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2005) See more »


Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (uncredited)
Performed by Jane Alexander, Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, Tripp Hennington
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high quality movie about a man of courage
1 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautifully acted and directed HBO movie about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's battle with polio, his rehabilitation, and his eventual taking over of the Warm Springs center.

Kenneth Branagh gives a riveting, detailed performance as FDR (leave it to the British to portray our great Americans). One sees a vital man struck down and feels his pain as he struggles to walk again and deal with the ramifications of his illness on his political life.

The film brings to life the prejudice and shunning of the handicapped and the fear people had that they could actually catch polio from another person. It was unheard of for a person of FDR's stature to continue his career once he developed polio. Yet, as we all know, he did, and no one ever called him a cripple.

Cynthia Nixon gives a beautiful portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, who, though disillusioned in her marriage, remains a true partner to FDR. Their marriage was much more than one of love or even partnership - her admiration and commitment to this man, and his to her, was very real in spite of their problems.

I highly recommend this very beautifully done film.

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