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 »

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The train seen in an external shot as the Roosevelts travel to Georgia for the first time is clearly not of the same type as the train they are in. The train seen externally is British not American. See more »

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Helena Mahoney: I feel like I've been brought here under false pretenses.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Join the club.
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Featured in The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2005) See more »

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I'll See You In My Dreams
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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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