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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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30 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Franklin D. Roosevelt. Un uomo, un presidente  »

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Ms Anne Kilpatrick Lorio, physical therapist at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta in Georgia, assisted actor Kenneth Branagh to make his portrayal of Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt historically accurate. See more »

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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 »

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Helena Mahoney: Why should this place cater to a few able-bodied folk, when it could be open the year round for polios?
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Referenced in Warm Springs: Making of Featurette (2005) See more »

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Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley (uncredited) and 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 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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