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The Best of Men (2012)

Not Rated | | Biography | TV Movie 16 August 2012
Towards the end of the Second World War, Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially... See full summary »

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Tim Whitby

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Lucy Gannon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George MacKay ... Private William Heath (as Richard Mackay)
Bebe Sanders Bebe Sanders ... Ruth (as Bee Bee Sanders)
Leigh Quinn Leigh Quinn ... Nurse Carr
Eddie Marsan ... Dr Ludwig Guttmann
Ben Owen-Jones Ben Owen-Jones ... Neil
Rob Brydon ... Corporal Wynne Bowen
David Proud David Proud ... Jeremy
Niamh Cusack ... Sister Edwards
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Dr Cowan
Nicholas Jones ... General Blake
Tristan Sturrock ... Sergeant 'Q' Hills
Nigel Lindsay ... Mr. Heath
Rachael Spence Rachael Spence ... Mrs. Heath
Tracy Ann Oberman ... Else Guttmann (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)
Stephen McGonigle Stephen McGonigle ... Dr. Greg Greene
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Towards the end of the Second World War, Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially paralysed spinal patients heavily sedated and left to rot with bed sores. He immediately begins a new regime, disposing of old equipment and sedatives, bringing him into conflict with stern Sister Edwards and pompous consultant Cowan, as well as the patients. However the sister backs him when she realises he is treating her charges as people, not patients, talking to them and involving them in musical entertainments and sporting activity. Soon Whitehall are sending him all their spinal patients and, with visits to the pub and wheelchair sports taught by an army sergeant, he becomes the men's hero. With the war over Ludwig organizes national wheelchair sports competitions which will in turn lead to the establishment of the Paralympic games. An end title informs that in 1966, now a British citizen, ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Biography

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Guttmann: Egy kivételes ember See more »

Filming Locations:

Clifton, Bristol, England, UK See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title "The Best of Men" is a pun on Dr Guttmann's surname which means "good man" in German. See more »

Goofs

The Bristol bus dates from 1949, 5 years later than the start of the drama. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ludwig Guttmann: I cannot make it any plainer, William. If you do not look after yourself, your father will. Do you want that? If you don't decide what you want to do with your life, YOUR life, not your parents', then you will be an eternal child. If you do not find your voice and your balls, we will all have wasted our time. Do not ask me what you do now. Tell me.
Private William Heath: I don't know.
Dr. Ludwig Guttmann: [scoffs] Then I can't help you.
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An utterly pleasant family feel good movie
11 October 2013 | by mike-ryan455See all my reviews

This was darn good television, and it was family safe. A few cuss words, a couple of sexual innuendos, some drinking and more than a little smoking but it did take place during the lung cancer generation.

The story was about a Jewish refugee doctor in World War II England who truly revolutionized the care of paraplegics and was the founder of the Paralympic Games and was knighted in 1966 by Queen Elizabeth II.

You may think that the story is too nice to be true. I looked Dr. Ludwig Guttmann up on Wikipedia and they repeat the same basic facts.

The production values were adequate and the cast was quite good. The story is also quite inspirational.


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