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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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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


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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Was there ever such a sunrise . . . so charged with human emotion . . . since the world began? Was there ever such a motion picture . . . so filled with laughter - through - tears . . . since the screen was born? See more »


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Release Date:

26 September 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dez Passos Imortais  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer-producer Dore Schary said of hiring this film's source stage play director Vincent J. Donehue to direct this picture: "I've always responded to young directors in film and saw no reason why I should not use the same yardstick of choice in the theater - enthusiasm, taste, a devotion to the theme, knowledge of the medium, and the breath of authority," See more »


In January 1922, Franklin D. Roosevelt says Eleanor Roosevelt loves reading about the Teapot Dome scandal. Teapot Dome did not become public news until the latter half of 1923. See more »


Louis Howe: I tried on a nurse's uniform. And while the skirt was rather flattering, I don't look well in white.
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Referenced in Simon & Simon: Sunrise at Camp Apollo (1986) See more »

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FDR Never Misses a Step with Ralph Bellamy
13 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

In 1921, while summering at his Campobello estate, future U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is stricken with "infantile paralysis" (also known as polio). Though the use of his legs is permanently lost, Mr. Roosevelt perseveres, combining inner strength with the support of wife Eleanor (Greer Garson) and political pal Louis Howe (Hume Cronyn). Ex-MGM production chief Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello" began its life as a Broadway hit, and is a little too lengthy and theatrical as a motion picture. Still, it's an important story, about what may well wind up being the most important world leader of the twentieth century.

The film also features what has become regarded, in many circles, as a legendary portrayal of FDR by Mr. Bellamy, reprised in Dan Curtis' mammoth mini-series "The Winds of War" (1983) and follow-up "War and Remembrance" (1989). Bellamy's FDR won a "Tony" award, but was oddly overlooked for an "Oscar" (the five nominees as "Best Actor" were also deserving, however).

Ms. Garson did receive an "Academy Award" nomination as "Best Actress" for her portrayal of Eleanor; at the time, the role was considered a stretch, which Garson pulled off. Her vocal work often sounds too affected; but, so was the real Mrs. Roosevelt's voice, many would argue. Garson outright won the dramatic actress award from both the "Golden Globe" and the "National Board of Review" groups. Other organizations noted Mr. Schary's film was one of the year's best, with Vincent Donohue (Director), Bellamy, Garson, and Mr. Cronyn (Supporting Actor) among the honorably mentioned. The real Mrs. Roosevelt seems to have agreed.

******* Sunrise at Campobello (9/28/60) Dore Schary : Vincent J. Donehue ~ Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn, Tim Considine

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