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The Best of Men (2012) (DVD) (*)
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$21.99

Screened, competed or awarded at:
Other Film Festival Awards


Language Selections:
Dutch ( Subtitles )
English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 )


Product Origin/Format:
Netherlands ( PAL/Region 2 )

Running Time:
90 min

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen (1.78:1)

Special Features:
Interactive Menu
Scene Access


Movie filmed in 2012 and produced in:
United Kingdom ( Great Britain, Ireland )


Directed By:
Tim Whitby


Written By:
Lucy Gannon


Actors:
George MacKay ..... Private William Heath
Bee Bee Sanders ..... Ruth
Leigh Quinn ..... Nurse Carr
Eddie Marsan ..... Dr. Ludwig Guttmann
Ben Owen-Jones ..... Neil
Rob Brydon ..... Corporal Wynne Bowen
David Proud ..... Jeremy
Niamh Cusack ..... Sister Edwards
Richard McCabe ..... Dr. Cowan
Nicholas Jones ..... General Blake
Tristan Sturrock ..... Sergeant 'Q' Hills
Nigel Lindsay ..... Mr. Heath
Rachael Spence ..... Mrs. Heath
Tracy Ann Oberman ..... Else Guttma
Stephen McGonigle ..... Dr. Greg Greene


Synopsis:
The Best of Men charts one remarkable doctor's transformation of care for paraplegics. An inspirational doctor arrives at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1944 and transforms the lives of his patients and staff. The patients are paralysed soldiers, written off and facing death from neglect, but their big breakthrough comes when Doctor Guttmann introduces sport into their rehabilitation. Guttmann rejects the general view that paralysis is a terminal condition and throws out the old care regime and soon establishes a new regime, getting all his patients to live fulfilling lives, using sport to help patients build physical strength as well as self-respect. This heart warming and uplifting true story of the birth of the Paralympic Games, follows Doctor Ludwig Guttmann, an unsung hero, who revolutionised life for paralysed people.

Towards the end of the second world war Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially paralysed spinal patients heavily sedated and left to rot with bed sores. He immediately begins a new regime,disposing of old equipment and sedatives, bringing him into conflict with stern Sister Edwards and pompous consultant Cowan, as well as the patients. However the sister backs him when she realises he is treating her charges as people, not patients, talking to them and involving them in musical entertainments and sporting activity. Soon Whitehall are sending him all their spinal patients and, with visits to the pub and wheelchair sports taught by an army sergeant, he becomes the men's hero. With the war over Ludwig organizes national wheelchair sports competitions which will in turn lead to the establishment of the Paralympic games. An end title informs that in 1966, now a British citizen, Dr Guttmann was deservedly knighted for his part in bringing hope to the hopeless.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 03 April, 2017.

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