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Breathe (2017)

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The inspiring true love story of Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

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Andy Serkis

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William Nicholson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Robin Cavendish
Claire Foy ... Diana Cavendish
Ed Speleers ... Colin Campbell (as Edward Speleers)
Tom Hollander ... Bloggs Blacker / David Blacker
David Butler David Butler ... Estate Manager
Ben Lloyd-Hughes ... Dr. Don McQueen
Miranda Raison ... Mary Dawney
Camilla Rutherford ... Katherine Robertson
Andre Jacobs ... Governor
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Governor's Wife
Charles Streeter ... RAF Lyneham Medic
Penny Downie ... Tid
Amit Shah ... Dr. Khan
Jonathan Hyde ... Dr. Entwistle
Emily Bevan ... Nurse Margaret
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When Robin (Andrew Garfield) is struck down by polio at the age of twenty-eight, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's (Claire Foy's) twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together, raising their young son, travelling, and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by Bleecker Street

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Breathe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,285, 15 October 2017

Gross USA:

$490,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,026,154
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2.76 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Cavendish, Robin's son, is a movie producer, and is one of the producers on this movie. See more »

Goofs

They have a scene of them driving down the road in the van that shows the date 1965 and the song in the background is of Lee Marvin singing "I was born under a Wandering Star". That song came out with the movie Paint My Wagon in 1969 four years later. See more »

Quotes

Bloggs Blacker: [about Teddy Hall] He doesn't have a job. He's an Oxford professor.
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Wand'rin' Star
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Seemingly a bio pic of a pioneer for the disabled.
12 April 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

My wife and I watched this at home on DVD from our public library.

Andrew Garfield is really excellent in the part of Robin Cavendish who in 1958, at the age of 28, contracted polio while in Kenya on business. I remember polio well, I was a boy in the 1950s and I remember taking the Salk vaccine. It is a devastating illness, it usually causes paralysis which is not reversible. Typically polio victims were given a few months to live and were kept hospitalized, on a ventilator, unable to breathe on their own.

After about a year Robin began to ask why he couldn't be moved to his home and kept on a ventilator there. Eventually he was and with the help of a friend had devices built, with battery operated ventilators, that would allow him initially to go outdoors then to even take trips. And devices which operated by slight movements of his head.

The meat of this movie is what he accomplished after he left the hospital, particularly how he helped open up development of batter ways to care for those with similar afflictions.

He eventually died in 1994, about 35 years after contracting polio. It is implied though not stated in the movie that he chose his time of death by having a doctor administer a medicine so that his ventilator could be unplugged and he could died peacefully and painlessly.


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