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Private William Heath (as Richard Mackay)
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Nurse Carr
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Neil
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Else Guttmann (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)
Stephen McGonigle ...
Dr. Greg Greene
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Towards the end of the second world war Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially paralysed spinal patients heavily sedated and left to rot with bed sores. He immediately begins a new regime,disposing of old equipment and sedatives, bringing him into conflict with stern Sister Edwards and pompous consultant Cowan, as well as the patients. However the sister backs him when she realises he is treating her charges as people, not patients, talking to them and involving them in musical entertainments and sporting activity. Soon Whitehall are sending him all their spinal patients and, with visits to the pub and wheelchair sports taught by an army sergeant, he becomes the men's hero. With the war over Ludwig organizes national wheelchair sports competitions which will in turn lead to the establishment of the Paralympic games. An end title informs that in 1966, now a British citizen, Dr ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title "The Best of Men" is a pun on Dr Guttmann's surname which means "good man" in German. See more »

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The Bristol bus dates from 1949, 5 years later than the start of the drama. See more »

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Dr. Cowan: Now, Heath, you may not remember me.
Private William Heath: Oh, I remember you. You're the bastard who was measuring me up for a coffin.
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Truly Terrific Movie
29 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had this saved in my queue on Netflix for quite some time and finally watched it this evening. I'm very glad I finally got around to checking it out. I was surprised to come to this site and see only two reviews.

Based on a true story, it describes the pioneering work of Dr Ludwig Guttmann with paraplegic patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It is a made for TV movie but in my opinion it had more of a major motion picture feel.

I'm really not much on writing reviews, but felt compelled to do so for this title. Well written, well shot and an unbelievably inspiring story. I can't recommend it more highly.


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