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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.

Director:

Vincent J. Donehue

Writers:

Dore Schary (screenplay), Dore Schary (story)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bellamy ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Greer Garson ... Eleanor Roosevelt
Hume Cronyn ... Louis Howe
Jean Hagen ... Missy Le Hand
Ann Shoemaker ... Sara Delano Roosevelt
Alan Bunce ... Gov. Alfred E. Smith
Tim Considine ... James Roosevelt
Zina Bethune ... Anna Roosevelt
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Bennett
Pat Close Pat Close ... Elliott Roosevelt
Robin Warga Robin Warga ... Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
Tom Carty Tom Carty ... Johnny Roosevelt
Lyle Talbot ... Mr. Brimmer
David White ... Mr. Lassiter
Walter Sande ... Capt. Skinner
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dez Passos Imortais See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An article published in the January 1959 edition of show-business trade paper 'Variety' reported that star Ralph Bellamy', at age 55, had initially believed that he was too old to play Franklin D. Roosevelt at the ages of 39 to 42 required for the movie, and publicly announced that Marlon Brando would likely be cast in the role of FDR in this picture. See more »

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Inside a car on the way back from one of Eleanor Roosevelt's speeches in 1924, the background is a Manhattan street scene from the late 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I have no intention of retiring to Hyde Park and rusticating.
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A story of fortitude
18 February 2015 | by jjnxn-1See 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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