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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Tom Loyless
Fred Botts (as Matthew O'Leary)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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 »


After FDR met with the Boy Scouts for a photo shoot, Louie shows Eleanor a newspaper article about the event; but neither of the photos in the newspaper corresponds to the poses that were portrayed. See more »


Eleanor Roosevelt: [beginning to cry] I think we've lost him, Louis!
Louis Howe: He's down there to be alone. Let's give him what he wants. Meantime we'll change our focus.
Eleanor Roosevelt: To what?
Louis Howe: To you.
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References Roberta (1935) 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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It's not a political biography
16 May 2005 | by (Sacramento, California) – See all my reviews

My wife is a polio survivor, and obviously handicapped, from the disease's last American days in the 1950's. I was a little worried about selecting it for our evening viewing because too often movies about a physical or other handicap tend to fall into a mushy wallow of pity and become insulting. Whatever failings this one has as an historical or biographical document, so ably pointed out by my fellow reviewers, it was clear to us that the real topic was his facing, accepting, and surviving polio and then moving on. It did so realistically and with complete grace. The portrayals of paternalism/pity/revulsion shown the handicapped by many and by Franklin himself were spot-on examples of the well-meaning but hurtful attentions that people carrying many different burdens get handed daily. The polio didn't ultimately define FDR-the man, any more than his hair color did but the movie does a wonderful job showing his transition to that realization, and yet never asks us to feel sorry for him.

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