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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 7 February 2009
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a TV movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, and Aunjanue Ellis. Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.



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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




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


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

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


Biography | Drama


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7 February 2009 (USA)  »

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Gifted Hands  »

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Did You Know?


Cuba Gooding Jr. (Ben Carson) and Aunjanue Ellis (Candy Carson) are both the same age as Kimberly Elise, the actress who portrays Ben Carson's mother in the film. 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 »

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Dignified and understated and thus deeply inspirational
28 August 2009 | by See 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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