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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 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 gave him the courage, his faith helped him believe, his brilliance gave him the power to change lives. See more »


Biography | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Ben Carson announced in May of 2015 he was running as a Republican for president of the United States, his first attempt for public office. Withdrew in early March 2016. See more »


In the scene when Ben first was on rounds as an intern at John Hopkins in 1976 it shows a patient connected to a patient monitor that was not available until 1989. 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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References CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1962) See more »

User Reviews

GIFTED HANDS deserves KUDOS for Many Different Reasons...Plus for Several Things It DOESN't Do
28 July 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, Colombia...and ORLANDO, FL

"The brain is a miracle!" Says Dr. Ben Carson upon being asked why he wanted to be a brain surgeon during his screening interview as an applicant for internship at prestigious John Hopkins Hospital. That Carson would become eventually, perhaps, the best and most renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon in the world is even a bigger miracle! These words are easy to identify with because "What the human mind can conceive and believe, it can ACHIEVE!"-Dr. Napoleon Hill.

Every time I sit down to write a review, my goal is to find some aspect of the film that inspires me, and then manage to express that in a way that will, in turn, serve to inspire you! In the case of GIFTED HANDS, there is a lot of inspiration at its core! Dr. Carson's particular well-spring of inspiration is his faith in God.

Unfortunately, there are always a few people who seem to find this religious source anathema to their continued existence on this planet! Why is that? I consider myself a spiritual person, but not really religious, in the traditional sense. Yet, I find this attitude just as baffling as those who cannot countenance a story line where inspiration is NOT faith-based. Inspiration is inspiration, no matter who, where, how, when or why!

GIFTED HANDS deserves KUDOS for several things it doesn't do: Despite being about an African-American trailblazer starting out in the 60's and 70's, there is only one brief scene where Carson is dissed simply for being "different". Certainly, there must have been a number of times in his life where he encountered racism, but one scene was enough to underscore this. (One of the BEST scenes in the film, BTW)

Cuba Gooding, Jr. was excellent (but not great) in the title role. Two Constructive Critiques: Even with his wrinkles digitally air-brushed out, at 41, Gooding was too old to play a 19 year-old college Freshman. Also, as is usually the case with TV productions, some aspects were slightly below par, causing me to rate this 9* as opposed to 10*


Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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7 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Michigan, USA See more »

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