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Florence Nightingale (1985)

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


Daryl Duke


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




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


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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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

7 April 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Florence See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Wolf Kahler is credited in the end titles, but he is nowhere to be seen at all. See more »


Lord Ragland: [reads aloud the General Orders of the day] "Miss Nightingale is recognised by Her Majesty's Government as the General Superintendent of Nursing of all military hospitals of the Army. The principal medical officer will therefore communicate with her on all matters connected with that establishment, and will give, and receive orders only through that lady." Miss Nightingale, I believe this is also for you. This brooch was created in your honour by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. I've been asked to ...
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Version of The Lady with a Lamp (1951) See more »

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Too Perfect
13 July 2014 | by barbara-76See all my reviews

Like many older Englishwomen, I grew up with the story of Florence. And the one thing this movie does is strike me as distinctly unrealistic.

There is, of course, some truth in the story itself, although even that is prettified. However the production values are simply ridiculous. Everything is too neat, too clean, too pretty. To include white lace on Florence's costume - and, for that matter, mascara on her face and clean white sheets on her bed - is simply nonsensical. Even the very wealthy with countless servants in those days were lucky to have such luxury. Florence was a desperately hard working and very practical woman in the middle of a war zone with no luxuries whatsoever; her primary battle was to obtain beds for her patients, preferably ones away from cess pits, rather than keep her lace spotless.

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