The Best of Men (2012)

The Best of Men (2012)
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  • Genre: Biography
  • Release year: 2012 ()
  • Running time: 90 min
  • Original Title: The Best of Men
  • Voted: 1086

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, ...

1George MacKayPrivate William Heath
2Bebe SandersRuth
3Bebe SandersRuth
4Leigh QuinnNurse Carr
5Leigh QuinnNurse Carr
6Eddie MarsanDr Ludwig Guttmann
  • An utterly pleasant family feel good movie by 7

    This was darn good television, and it was family safe. A few cuss words, a couple of sexual innuendos, some drinking and more than a little smoking but it did take place during the lung cancer generation.

    The story was about a Jewish refugee doctor in World War II England who truly revolutionized the care of paraplegics and was the founder of the Paralympic Games and was knighted in 1966 by Queen Elizabeth II.

    You may think that the story is too nice to be true. I looked Dr. Ludwig Guttmann up on Wikipedia and they repeat the same basic facts.

    The production values were adequate and the cast was quite good. The story is also quite inspirational.

  • The amazing Ludwig Guttman by 9

    The best of men is a really high quality production from the BBC about the remarkable life of Ludwig Guttman. The man credited with being the founder of the para Olympics, but there was far more to this man. His treatment of spinal chord injuries both during and after WW2 helped save and change people's lives the world over. Not only keeping them alive but giving them a purpose and a will to live whether it be through sport work and the arts. The best of men really only scratches the surface of this mans contribution to medicine and the world in general. Nevertheless this is a terrific piece of work. 9/10

  • Amazing movie about an even more amazing man!!! by 10

    As I try to find the words to accurately describe this incredible true story, I realized that I was at a loss for words. Dr. Guttmann was ahead of his time and a truely remarkable man. One of the best movie's I have seen.

  • Truly Terrific Movie by 8

    I had this saved in my queue on Netflix for quite some time and finally watched it this evening. I'm very glad I finally got around to checking it out. I was surprised to come to this site and see only two reviews.

    Based on a true story, it describes the pioneering work of Dr Ludwig Guttmann with paraplegic patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It is a made for TV movie but in my opinion it had more of a major motion picture feel.

    I'm really not much on writing reviews, but felt compelled to do so for this title. Well written, well shot and an unbelievably inspiring story. I can't recommend it more highly.

  • Phenomenal Eddie Marsan in an inspiring feel-good film by 10

    Eddie Marsan would have to be in my top 10 favourite actors. He seems to put out strong performance time after time and surely destined for an Oscar one of these days.

    The Best of Men is a TV movie, but has nothing in common with other TV movies - it really feels like an actual film. Albeit one that is perhaps a little too short.

    It's one of the most feel-good and inspiring films I've seen in a long time. Highly recommend it!

    I wish Dr. Ludwig Guttmann was my doctor.

1Matt Graycinematographer
2Mark Russellcomposer
3Tim Whitbydirector
4Tim Whitbydirector
5David Thrashereditor
6Harriet Davisonproducer
7Harriet Davisonproducer
8Lucy Gannonwriter