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 Delano 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 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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The automobile that Kenneth Branagh drives at Warm Springs is the same auto that the real Franklin D. Roosevelt drove, complete with 1920s hand controls. See more »

Goofs

When the attendants lift FDR into the pool, the reflection in the water shows Kenneth Branagh's two completely healthy legs, instead of the computer-generated images of legs used throughout the film to represent Franklin D. Roosevelt's disfigured appearance. See more »

Quotes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [FDR is in the swimming pool] But I don't know how to stand.
Aunt Sally: Not yet, you don't.
Tom Loyless: But you will.
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Referenced in CBS News Sunday Morning: Episode dated 8 July 2007 (2007) See more »

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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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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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