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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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Throughout the film Louis Howe (played by David Paymer) is seen wearing an old brown overcoat. The real Louis Howe was known to wear the same clothes again and again, much to the dismay of Eleanor Roosevelt. 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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Louis Howe: Why are you a Democrat?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Democratic Party is the party of the people, and I'm a man of the people.
Louis Howe: You're a Roosevelt. Since when does a Roosevelt know about people?
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Featured in The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2005) 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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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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