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The Best of Men (2012)

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TV Movie | 90 min | Biography

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 ...See moreTowards 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 knighted for his part in bringing hope to the hopeless. Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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George MacKay
Private William Heath (as Richard Mackay) Private William Heath (as Richard Mackay)   See fewer
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Bebe Sanders
Ruth (as Bee Bee Sanders) Ruth (as Bee Bee Sanders)   See fewer
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Leigh Quinn
Nurse Carr Nurse Carr   See fewer
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Eddie Marsan
Dr Ludwig Guttmann Dr Ludwig Guttmann   See fewer
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Rob Brydon
Corporal Wynne Bowen Corporal Wynne Bowen   See fewer
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David Proud
Jeremy Jeremy   See fewer
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Niamh Cusack
Sister Edwards Sister Edwards   See fewer
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Richard McCabe
Dr Cowan Dr Cowan   See fewer
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Nicholas Jones
General Blake General Blake   See fewer
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Tristan Sturrock
Sergeant 'Q' Hills Sergeant 'Q' Hills   See fewer
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Nigel Lindsay
Mr. Heath Mr. Heath   See fewer
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Rachael Spence
Mrs. Heath Mrs. Heath   See fewer
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Tracy Ann Oberman
Else Guttmann (as Tracy-Ann Oberman) Else Guttmann (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)   See fewer
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Stephen McGonigle
Dr. Greg Greene Dr. Greg Greene   See fewer
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Mali Harries
Shirley Bowen Shirley Bowen   See fewer
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Francesca Bailey
ATS Driver ATS Driver   See fewer
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Ludwig Guttmann
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Kim Chapman
Windmill Girl (uncredited) Windmill Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Doctor (uncredited) Doctor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Young Nurse (uncredited) Young Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Tompkins (uncredited) Frank Tompkins (uncredited)   See fewer
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8.1 / 10 | 1,015 votes