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Florence Nightingale (1985)

The fact-based story of the pioneer of nursing, known as "the Lady with the Lamp".

Director:

Daryl Duke

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (teleplay), Rose Leiman Goldemberg (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Florence Nightingale
Claire Bloom ... Fanny Nightingale
Timothy Dalton ... Richard Milnes
Timothy West ... William Russell
Peter McEnery ... Sidney Herbert
Stephan Chase ... Dr. Sutherland
Ann Thornton Ann Thornton ... Parthe Nightingale
Jeremy Brett ... William Nightingale
Jeremy Child ... Dr. Hall (as Jeremy Childs)
Brian Cox ... Dr. McGregor
Patrick Drury Patrick Drury ... Henry Nicholson
Lesley Dunlop ... Joanne
Michael Elwyn ... Dr. Menzies
Julian Fellowes ... Charles Bracebrige
Lorna Heilbron ... Selina
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Storyline

This is the fact-based story of an aristocratic woman who defies Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers, who are victims of the Crimean war, she finds herself very unwelcome and faces great opposition for her new way of thinking. However through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly becomes known as 'The Lady with the Lamp', the caring nurse whose shadow soldiers kiss. Written by CindyH

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

7 April 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Florence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Claire Bloom has starring billing in the main titles, but her role is an extended cameo. See more »

Quotes

Richard Milnes: [voice over, as Narrator] Those of you who ask, "Who is this Florence Nightingale, and what did she do?", you would have to understand the world into which she was born. It was England, Dickens' England. Where the people were divided into two classes: the very rich and the very poor. But whether rich or poor, it was a time of great medical ignorance, when to fracture an arm or a leg was to lose it.
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The opening credits appear on a background of monochrome period drawings. See more »

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Version of Florence Nightingale (1915) See more »

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One of the Best TVMovies of the 80s
24 January 2004 | by speedo68See all my reviews

This movie created a lot of stir during the filming of the movie, with Jaclyn Smith playing the legendary British nurse and Anthony Richmond (Smith's husband-then) producing the film. But all in all, this is an outstanding production. From costume, cinematography, dialogues, setting and acting by all the cast.

Jaclyn Smith, I reckon, delivers a very moving performance and she's wonderful in a period costume. Her on camera scenes with Timothy Dalton are absolutely exquisite (it's a pity, producers of the miniseries' "Scarlett" probably missed this film and didnt cast the two instead.)


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