The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name.
THE GREAT AMERICAN LOVE STORY!
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Did You Know?
Responding to the protests of the Roosevelt children of Franklin D. Roosevelt
and Eleanor Roosevelt
to the inaccurate and largely fictitious depiction of their paternal grandmother Sara Delano Roosevelt [Sarah Roosevelt
] as a controlling and domineering harridan, Dore Schary
, the writer of the source play and this film's screenplay, cheerfully responded: "Every play needs a villain!". See more
When the train departs to carry the Roosevelt family home from Campobello, there's a shot of the departing locomotive accompanied by typical steam-locomotive-starting-up sounds which are not paced or synchronized with the actual operation of the steam engine. See more
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
I feel I've had to go through the fire for some reason. Eleanor, it's a hard way to learn humility, but I've had to learn it by crawling. I know what is meant "You must learn to crawl, before you can walk."