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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 7 February 2009
Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.


Thomas Carter


John Pielmeier
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Ben Carson
Kimberly Elise ... Sonya Carson
Aunjanue Ellis ... Candy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harron Atkins ... Teen Carl
Ele Bardha ... Dr. Long
Loren Bass Loren Bass ... Yale Professor
Geoffrey Beauchamp Geoffrey Beauchamp ... Dr. Freeman
Tajh Bellow ... Curtis - Child
Lesley Bevan Lesley Bevan ... Miss Williamson
Jesse Christian Jesse Christian ... Hospital Staff
Ron Coden Ron Coden ... Professor
Wayne David Parker Wayne David Parker ... ER Doctor #1
Angela Dawe Angela Dawe ... Augusta Rausch
Gregory Dockery ... Teen Curtis Carson (as Gregory Dockery II)
Zac Douglass Zac Douglass ... Mark Buckley


Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


His mother helped him believe. His brilliance helped him change lives. See more »


Biography | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Ben Carson recently came down with Covid 19 See more »


A scene in Dr. Carson's Baltimore home showed liquor bottles, he is a Seventh Day Adventist and they do not drink alcohol. See more »


Sonya Carson: I always said, you can do anything anyone else can do, only you can do it better.
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Dignified and understated and thus deeply inspirational
28 August 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

The Ben Carson Story never set out to a major film: this is obviously a film that appealed to Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr and he plays it very straight, and underacts, without underplaying.

As I am deeply fascinated by all things neurological this was a really easy film for me to get into - but even if you have no real interest, the human side of this will really sideswipe you.

It is incredibly and really frustratingly slow in places, but bear with me - the surgeries are amazing and very moving.

Overall I'm giving this a 9, not for the production writing filming or direction which are at best 6 or 7 at most, but because films like this deserve to be made, should be made, and should be what we want to be made...

Good, Moving, and Inspirational...

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Release Date:

7 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Michigan, USA See more »

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