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Warm Springs (2005)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 30 April 2005
The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921.

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Joseph Sargent

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Margaret Nagle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Cynthia Nixon ... Eleanor Roosevelt
David Paymer ... Louis Howe
Tim Blake Nelson ... Tom Loyless
Matt O'Leary ... Fred Botts (as Matthew O'Leary)
Matt Malloy ... Lionel Purdy
Andy Davoli ... Jake Perini (as Andrew Davoli)
Nelsan Ellis ... Roy Collier
Jane Alexander ... Sara Delano Roosevelt
Kathy Bates ... Helena Mahoney
Melissa Ponzio ... Lucy Mercer
Quint Von Canon Quint Von Canon ... Stephen Teller
Mike Pniewski ... Hastings, Party Leader
Grayce Spence Grayce Spence ... League Member
Rand Hopkins Rand Hopkins ... Dr. Lovett
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After polio threatens his political career in the early 1920s, Franklin D. Roosevelt (Sir Kenneth Branagh) desperately searches for a cure to his newly acquired disease, hoping to regain the use of his legs. He learns of a promising spa in Warm Springs, Georgia, and travels there, only to find it dilapidated. Determined to overcome polio, Roosevelt invests in the spa's revitalization, and sets about recovering, aided by the support of his wife and physical therapist. Written by Jwelch5742

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Franklin D. Roosevelt. Un uomo, un presidente See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Sir Kenneth Branagh, who often delves into the lives of the people he portrays in order to give a more convincing performance, spent some time at the Shepherd Center with Anne Lorio, a Physical Therapist for the senior team in the multi-specialty care unit. Since Anne had worked with post-polio patients, the producers asked her to teach Sir Kenneth how a paraplegic might move his body using a wheelchair and leg braces from the 1920s. See more »

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At the 1924 Convention, several people are shown waving 50-star flags, not introduced until 1960. From 1912 through 1959 the flag had 48 stars. See more »

Quotes

Tom Loyless: You're gonna do great things, Franklin. This place has identity now, a purpose.
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Connections

Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley (uncredited) and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (uncredited)
Performed by Jane Alexander, Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, Tripp Hennington
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It's not a political biography
16 May 2005 | by phadrsSee all my reviews

My wife is a polio survivor, and obviously handicapped, from the disease's last American days in the 1950's. I was a little worried about selecting it for our evening viewing because too often movies about a physical or other handicap tend to fall into a mushy wallow of pity and become insulting. Whatever failings this one has as an historical or biographical document, so ably pointed out by my fellow reviewers, it was clear to us that the real topic was his facing, accepting, and surviving polio and then moving on. It did so realistically and with complete grace. The portrayals of paternalism/pity/revulsion shown the handicapped by many and by Franklin himself were spot-on examples of the well-meaning but hurtful attentions that people carrying many different burdens get handed daily. The polio didn't ultimately define FDR-the man, any more than his hair color did but the movie does a wonderful job showing his transition to that realization, and yet never asks us to feel sorry for him.


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