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      Sunrise at Campobello

      Released Sep 28, 1960 2h 23m Biography List
      88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 62% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In the summer of 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is vacationing with his family at their estate on Campobello Island on the Maine/New Brunswick border. During their stay, the 39-year-old Roosevelt comes down with a fever and sudden paralysis that is eventually diagnosed as polio. With the help of his wife, Eleanor (Greer Garson), and his close friend and political consultant, Louis Howe (Hume Cronyn), FDR battles his newfound disability. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Nell Minow Common Sense Media This is an exceptional and inspiring true story. Rated: 4/5 Dec 28, 2010 Full Review Variety Staff Variety In the journey from stage to screen this chapter from the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt loses none of its poignant and inspirational qualities, none of its humor and pathos. Jul 7, 2010 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times A well-done, moving biographical film. May 9, 2005 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Franklin D. Roosevelt's valiant, cheerful battle against polio and despair at his summer home in New Brunswick in the early 1920s has been turned into a stirring and entertaining film. Oct 29, 2019 Full Review Dwight MacDonald Esquire Magazine Indeed the movie is, from any rational viewpoint, terrible... It's all prime quality ham, but it's interesting to watch. Jul 22, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Greer Garson received her seventh Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in this conventional biopic, based on the Broadway play. Rated: B- Mar 5, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      David K I'm begrudgingly giving this one a positive recommendation. My own bias. It's an interesting biopic, but I hate the accents. Not just in the film but, in general, the fake semi-British accent that is employed by some in the Northeast. But, hey, if that doesn't bother you and you do have an interest in FDR's bout with polio, then by all means indulge. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/10/23 Full Review Mark A Inspiring and well-acted. Ralph Bellamy should have been nominated for an Oscar. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/20/22 Full Review steve d Ralph Bellamy does a great job and makes up for any flaws in the script. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review aaron s This is definintly a good movie for my people. I totally recommand this. Thumbs Up! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Ralph Bellamy turns himself into FDR. Anyone who has ever watched film from that era can tell that Bellamy's acting is spot on. This is the result of his realization in the 1940s that he would never be anything but a second banana unless he stopped taking the inferior roles he was offered and ventured out into the world of authentic acting, which led him to the Broadway stage and this excellent movie. It's tragic Bellamy did not win the Oscar for this performance. This was acting at its finest. He will be remembered as a finer actor than those he worked with as "second banana" in the 1940s. Greer Garson was a strange choice for Eleanor, Garson, who had been picked for the role and had not faced Broadway audiences, was accustomed to presenting Greer Garson in her movie roles. In Sunrise at Campobello, she does a better job, although no one would mistake her for Eleanor Roosevelt, who was still living at the time of the movie's release and was still fresh in the minds of Americans, through her newspaper columns and work at the United Nations. Perhaps the actress who played her on the Broadway stage would have been a better acting choice, or someone like Myrna Loy, who had more genuine warmth and middle-class sentiment, yet still was a star for driving up the box office take. What seems wrong with Garson's portrayal of Eleanor is Garson's upper-class (notice the British accent?) inclinations, her sing song voice, and the lack of genuine warmth and affection that Eleanor developed for everyone -- but especially for the lower classes. She went out of her way to help black people, for example, in an era in which this was considered extremely inappropriate. Garson did not have the genuineness or warmth that Eleanor conveyed, even through film accounts. However. she went beyond her usual skill set and actually acted in this film, so credit should be given her. The supporting cast is magnificent and the Dore Schary script hews closely to reality. Complaints about length of the movie do not take away from its greatness. It's too bad owners of properties like this are so short-sighted. Permission should be granted to a legitimate filmmaker to edit this film down professionally before it gets into the public domain and is mangled to death. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Greer Garson received her seventh Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in this heartwarming look at the early years of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the summer of 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is vacationing with his family at their estate on Campobello Island on the Maine/New Brunswick border. During their stay, the 39-year-old Roosevelt comes down with a fever and sudden paralysis that is eventually diagnosed as polio. With the help of his wife, Eleanor (Greer Garson), and his close friend and political consultant, Louis Howe (Hume Cronyn), FDR battles his newfound disability.
      Director
      Vincent J. Donehue
      Producer
      Dore Schary
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 28, 1960, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 22, 2009
      Runtime
      2h 23m
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