The Best of Men

The Best of Men

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The story of one remarkable doctor as he transforms the standards of care for paraplegics. Arriving at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1944, Doctor Guttman reinvigorates the lives of his staff and patients with one daring move: he introduces athletics into the rehabilitation plan of his patients, paralyzed soldiers who have been cast-off and are facing death from neglect. Using sports, his patients learn to build not only physical strength, but self-respect and a sense of fulfillment.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : distributed by PBS Distribution
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781608830251
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA BEST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jun 12, 2019

Second time watching and we’ll worth it. Very good story, all the better for its realism.

Feb 24, 2018

A tragic story turned into a one of dramatic life restoration, change and hope by a remarkable, enlightened and inspired doctor.

Jan 08, 2018

We so often find true stories make the best movies. This is no exception. The acting and story line are both very good. At times extremely frustrating, at time hilarious and at times inspirational. A good viewing.

Oct 24, 2017

A great performance by Eddie Marsan in this docu-drama.

Jun 29, 2017

A film about the change in perception of the disabled from patients waiting to die, to men, like other men, who happen to be sitting in chairs. The writing is uneven: sometimes insightful, and sometimes preachy. But the actors can't be praised highly enough. Anyone viewer who doesn't tear up a little is whom I would call disabled.

Jun 09, 2017

Originally broadcast by BBC2 on August 16, 2012, this film shows the struggle of Ludwig Guttmann, who is a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, sponsored to stay in the United Kingdom.
On arrival at the hospital, the patients are kept under sedation, and immobile in bed.
This condition leads the patients to bedsores, infection, and, in many cases, death.
Dr. Guttman insists that the best prognosis for the patients is to get them as mobile as possible.
However, he naturally faces the music.
As he gradually wins the staff over with his determination and optimism, Guttmann faces a further problem in the hopelessness of some of the patients.
Eventually, Guttmann organises a national disability sport competition, the first Stoke Mandeville Games, in the hospital grounds.
It is a heart-warming and uplifting docudrama.

Nov 29, 2016

What an inspirational movie! The best advice I can give you is don't read the DVD box or any reviews. See "The Best of Men" without knowing the main story. I just grabbed the movie off the library shelf and put it in my DVD player. It is now late November and this may be the best movie I saw all year! (We still have a month to watch a few more movies). It is my hope that you and your family will enjoy "The Best of Men" as much as my family!

Moving and honest portrayal of courage in all forms. The neurological surgeon, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann ("Poppa"), is a wise and brave hero. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry and increase understanding of spinal injuries. All performances believable and story very inspiring. Highly recommend this movie.

Jun 08, 2016

Dr. Guttmann is an idol doctor who has good spirit and optimistic attitude on patient recoveories. That brought a new athlete game to the world and spirit for people to have enjoyable and meaningful life.

Apr 04, 2016

A movie of motivation against all odds of the time. A triumph of the human spirit with perseverance and persistence. You will enjoy this movie.

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