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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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Fred Botts (as Matthew O'Leary)
Jake Perini (as Andrew Davoli)
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Quint Von Canon ...
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Hastings, Party Leader
Grayce Spence ...
League Member
Rand Hopkins ...
Dr. Lovett


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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FDR brought us out of the Depression and through a world war. But the greatest challenge he faced was the one we never saw. See more »


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Release Date:

30 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Franklin D. Roosevelt. Un uomo, un presidente  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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According to the Wikipedia website, the Warm Springs Historic District "is a historic district in Warm Springs, Georgia. It includes Franklin Delano Roosevelt [Franklin D. Roosevelt]'s Little White House and the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, where Roosevelt indulged in its warm springs. Other buildings in the district tend to range from the 1920s and 1930s. Much of the district looks the same as it did when Roosevelt frequented the area. Evidence indicates that prehistoric man was the first to use the springs, and as when Roosevelt used the springs, the temperature was 89 °F (32 °C)." See more »


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


Louis Howe: [FDR is supposed to make a speech] What's the matter?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: What if I fall?
Louis Howe: If you fall, you just get up again.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: If I fall in front of thousands of people, I'll lose everything - except their pity. They'll never see past my legs.
Eleanor Roosevelt: My darling, they'll never see past your legs - until you do.
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Referenced in CBS News Sunday Morning: Episode dated 8 July 2007 (2007) See more »


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Written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn
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Convincing, engrossing, and thoroughly enjoyable
3 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Warm Springs" is a tour de force by Branagh who portrays FDR as a man of money and privilege who is struck down by polio in the early days of his political career. Unable to use his legs he begins to wallow in self pity until he visits a Georgia mineral water spa called Warm Springs where he finds honesty, compassion, kinship, and most of all himself, his wife, and a new sense of purpose. A very pretty period film with good production value, an excellent supporting cast, and sterling performances by Branagh and Nixon, "Warm Springs" would have made an enjoyable stand alone drama. The fact that it's also a biopic about FDR only serves to make it that much more interesting. Another winner for the whole family from HBO. (B+)

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