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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

Writer:

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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Storyline

After polio threatens his political career in the early 1920s, Franklin D. Roosevelt 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, Ga., 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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FDR brought us out of the Depression and through a world war. But the greatest challenge he faced was the one we never saw. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Both of the film's two lead above-the-title stars Kenneth Branagh who plays Franklin D. Roosevelt and Cynthia Nixon who portrays Eleanor Roosevelt - were both Emmy Award winners at the time this film was made and released. See more »

Goofs

The train seen in an external shot as the Roosevelts travel to Georgia for the first time is clearly not of the same type as the train they are in. The train seen externally is British not American. See more »

Quotes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [Fred Botts' mother will not led him ride a bicycle because she believes that it gave him polio] Did she sell it?
Fred Botts: No; she took it out back and shot it.
[Roosevelt roars with laughter]
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Referenced in CBS News Sunday Morning: Episode dated 8 July 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Won't Dance
Written by Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, Otto A. Harbach (as Otto Harbach) and Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Felicia Day, Laurel Lawson, Teal Sherer and Margo G. Dietrich (as Margo Gathright-Dietrich)
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How did even two people give this a 1 out of 10?
8 October 2006 | by Purity_of_Essence87See all my reviews

I'm in shock that two people gave this excellent film a 1 out of 10. I can perhaps see how some didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did, but to rate it as awful shows just plain ignorance to me.

Not only is this gem beautifully scripted, wonderfully shot and edited, as well as tremendously directed, but Cynthia Nixon and Kenneth Branagh dominate. I am familiar with a wide selection of Branagh's work, and this is one of his best performances to date! FDR is my favorite President, and I surely feel that Branagh does justice to the man.

On a personal note, I was brought to tears on three separate occasions when watching this film. Now, this may not seem like much, but rare is it that a tear falls from my eye even once during a showing.

Please, please see this film, if only for it's inspiration. I believe this is a sadly overlooked masterpiece, and we must not allow it to be forgotten. If you liked his Hamlet, you'll love his Franklin.


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