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Warm Springs (2005)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 30 April 2005
The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921.

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Joseph Sargent

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Margaret Nagle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Cynthia Nixon ... Eleanor Roosevelt
David Paymer ... Louis Howe
Tim Blake Nelson ... Tom Loyless
Matt O'Leary ... Fred Botts (as Matthew O'Leary)
Matt Malloy ... Lionel Purdy
Andy Davoli ... Jake Perini (as Andrew Davoli)
Nelsan Ellis ... Roy Collier
Jane Alexander ... Sara Delano Roosevelt
Kathy Bates ... Helena Mahoney
Melissa Ponzio ... Lucy Mercer
Quint Von Canon Quint Von Canon ... Stephen Teller
Mike Pniewski ... Hastings, Party Leader
Grayce Spence Grayce Spence ... League Member
Rand Hopkins Rand Hopkins ... Dr. Lovett
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After polio threatens his political career in the early 1920s, Franklin D. Roosevelt (Sir Kenneth Branagh) desperately searches for a cure to his newly acquired disease, hoping to regain the use of his legs. He learns of a promising spa in Warm Springs, Georgia, and travels there, only to find it dilapidated. Determined to overcome polio, Roosevelt invests in the spa's revitalization, and sets about recovering, aided by the support of his wife and physical therapist. Written by Jwelch5742

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A new movie by HBO Films. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Franklin D. Roosevelt. Un uomo, un presidente See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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This movie was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards - Best Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Cynthia Nixon, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Sir Kenneth Branagh, but the movie failed to take home a gong. See more »

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In 1921 before his infection, FDR is seen dancing with his private secretary to a 1939 record: Alice Faye singing "I'll See You In My Dreams" from the soundtrack of Rose of Washington Square. See more »

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Sara Delano Roosevelt: He wishes to use up his entire fortune to buy up that leper colony!
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Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley (uncredited) and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (uncredited)
Performed by Jane Alexander, Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, Tripp Hennington
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high quality movie about a man of courage
1 May 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is a beautifully acted and directed HBO movie about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's battle with polio, his rehabilitation, and his eventual taking over of the Warm Springs center.

Kenneth Branagh gives a riveting, detailed performance as FDR (leave it to the British to portray our great Americans). One sees a vital man struck down and feels his pain as he struggles to walk again and deal with the ramifications of his illness on his political life.

The film brings to life the prejudice and shunning of the handicapped and the fear people had that they could actually catch polio from another person. It was unheard of for a person of FDR's stature to continue his career once he developed polio. Yet, as we all know, he did, and no one ever called him a cripple.

Cynthia Nixon gives a beautiful portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, who, though disillusioned in her marriage, remains a true partner to FDR. Their marriage was much more than one of love or even partnership - her admiration and commitment to this man, and his to her, was very real in spite of their problems.

I highly recommend this very beautifully done film.


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