Warm Springs

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In the tradition of Dore Schary's Sunrise at Campobello, the made-for-cable biopic Warm Springs focuses on one of the least publicized aspects in the life of America's most-publicized (and longest-serving) president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, here played brilliantly by British actor Kenneth Branagh. Like Sunrise, Warm Springs uses as its starting point the year 1921, when the 39-year-old Roosevelt was permanently paralyzed from the waist down by an attack of polio. But whereas the earlier film concentrated on ...
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In the tradition of Dore Schary's Sunrise at Campobello, the made-for-cable biopic Warm Springs focuses on one of the least publicized aspects in the life of America's most-publicized (and longest-serving) president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, here played brilliantly by British actor Kenneth Branagh. Like Sunrise, Warm Springs uses as its starting point the year 1921, when the 39-year-old Roosevelt was permanently paralyzed from the waist down by an attack of polio. But whereas the earlier film concentrated on FDR's battle to return to public life despite his handicap, this film zeroes in on Roosevelt's efforts to cure himself of his affliction. Having heard of the therapeutic value of the waters of Warm Springs in rural Georgia, Roosevelt makes a pilgrimage to the area, which is little more than a swamp surrounded by dilapidated shacks. Though he never experiences the "miracle" cure that he so desperately seeks, Roosevelt is instrumental in the conversion of Warm Springs from a backwater hellhole to a streamlined, ultra-efficiently managed polio-treatment center, a virtual mecca for hundreds of thousands of others who had been crippled by the debilitating illness. And in the process, he also brings hope, optimism, and racial enlightenment to the poverty-stricken, multiethnic citizens of Warm Springs. Even more significantly, FDR removes the stigma of polio from the public consciousness, forever abolishing the misguided notions that the disease adversely affected the brain, that it could be spread merely by physical contact, or that it represented celestial "punishment" of the victim (it is noted, however, that Roosevelt was always careful never to reveal the true extent of his immobility nor his atrophied legs in public, feeling that it might diminish the nation's image of an "invulnerable" Commander in Chief). Also in the cast are Cynthia Nixon as Roosevelt's devoted wife, Eleanor; Jane Alexander (who'd previously played Eleanor Roosevelt in two TV miniseries) as his over-protective mother Sara; David Paymer as his crusty chief aide Louis Howe; Kathy Bates as his no-nonsense physical therapist Helena Mahoney; and Tim Blake Nelson as Tom Loyless, the man in charge of Warm Springs. Originally telecast by HBO on April 30, 2005.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio Commentaries with director Joseph Sargent and writer Margaret Nagle; Deleted scenes; Featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • UPC: 026359275227
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Cynthia Nixon Eleanor Roosevelt
David Paymer Louis Howe
Tim Blake Nelson Tom Loyless
Jane Alexander Sara Roosevelt
Kathy Bates Helena Mahoney
Matt O'Leary Fred Botts
Andrew Davoli Jake Perini
Nelsan Ellis Roy
Melissa Ponzio Lucy Mercer
Deborah Calloway-Duke Aunt Sally
Felicia Day Eloise Hutchinson
Wilbur Fitzgerald Al Smith
Brian F. Durkin Elliott Roosevelt
Devon Gearhardt Young Elliott Roosevelt
Jared Lang Young James Roosevelt
Matt Malloy Lionel Purdy
Alyssa Zirkman Jackie Mills
Kenneth L. Zirkman Stuart Mills
Rand Hopkins Dr. Lovett
Terry Loughlin Dr. Hebert
Danny Connell Danny
Meggie Geisland Daisy
Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Michael Brown Editor
Michael Brown Editor
Celia Costas Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Shay Griffin Casting
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Sarah Knowles Production Designer
Lynn Kressel Casting
Margaret Nagle Screenwriter
Chrisann Verges Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- HBO Presents Warm Springs
1. Roosevelt Cavalier [11:49]
2. Polio Strikes [6:27]
3. Southern Rain [7:16]
4. Springs of Georgia [7:08]
5. Walk in the Water [8:21]
6. Facing Crowds [8:42]
7. Christmas at Home [4:58]
8. Learning to Fly [9:20]
9. The Cure-All [2:15]
10. A Practical Man [4:49]
11. Healing Powers [8:14]
12. Political Party Crashing [7:07]
13. Beautiful Dreamer [6:17]
14. Forged By Fire [5:46]
15. Strength to Run [10:21]
16. Credits [7:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- HBO Presents Warm Springs
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Joseph Sargent and Writer Margaret Nagle: On
      Audio Commentary With Director Joseph Sargent and Writer Margaret Nagle: Off
      Making of Featurette
      Deleted Scenes
   Languages
      Audio: English 5.1
      Audio: English 2.0
      Audio: Spanish 2.0
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
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