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Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 September 1960 (USA)
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In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
... Eleanor Roosevelt
... Louis Howe
... Missy Le Hand
... Sara Delano Roosevelt
... Gov. Alfred E. Smith
... James Roosevelt
... Anna Roosevelt
... Dr. Bennett
Pat Close ... Elliott Roosevelt
Robin Warga ... Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
Tom Carty ... Johnny Roosevelt
... Mr. Brimmer
... Mr. Lassiter
... Capt. Skinner
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The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name. Written by Ed Lorusso

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According to the Wikipedia website: "The film was produced with the cooperation of the Roosevelt family. Eleanor Roosevelt was present on the set during location shooting at the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York." See more »

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No competent orthopedist would have given Franklin D. Roosevelt crutches so short that he would have to lean forward and use them to walk on all fours, as Ralph Bellamy does. (Besides, the paralysis would have kept him from moving his legs.) Crutches should be long enough so that the user can stand up straight, support his weight on them and propel himself forward with his shoulder muscles. See more »

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Mr. Lassiter: You must be aware of the fears that many Americans have when they contemplate the election of a Catholic to the presidency of the United States. The domination of the church over its members is well known, and Governor Smith is a devout Catholic.
Louis Howe: Would it be more acceptable if he were a renegade Catholic?
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A story of fortitude
18 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Good old fashioned biography of FDR's struggle against polio and his journey back to the political arena. Good supporting performances and a handsome production add luster to this.

The real strength of this is in the performances of the lead pair. Greer Garson as Eleanor does a terrific approximation of that great lady, people have mentioned that her teeth are distracting but Mrs.Roosevelt did have large teeth and an overbite so kudos to the studio for remaining true to the actual woman. She was still alive when this came out so the audiences of the time were well aware of her appearance. It's only a surface characteristic anyway and Garson portrayal goes much deeper giving a fine account of the future first lady.

However it's Ralph Bellamy in the best role he ever had as FDR that walks away with top acting honors. Having performed the role on stage he has perfected it to a fine point and richly deserved the Oscar nomination he received. He conveys both FDR's weariness as well as the strength required to bounce back from the blow polio dealt him.

Beautifully appointed this is studio film making at its best. Wonderful ending.


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