The Best of Men

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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, ...

Director: Tim Whitby
Writer: Lucy Gannon
Production: N/A
Genre: biography
Year: 2012
MetaScore: N/A/100
ImdbRating: 8.1
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 16 Aug 2012
Awards: 1 win & 2 nominations.


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Private William Heath - George MacKay
Ruth (as Bee Bee Sanders) - Bebe Sanders
Nurse Carr - Leigh Quinn
Dr Ludwig Guttmann - Eddie Marsan
Corporal Wynne Bowen - Rob Brydon
Jeremy - David Proud
Sister Edwards - Niamh Cusack
Dr Cowan - Richard McCabe
General Blake - Nicholas Jones
Sergeant 'Q' Hills - Tristan Sturrock
Mr. Heath - Nigel Lindsay
Mrs. Heath - Rachael Spence
Else Guttmann (as Tracy-Ann Oberman) - Tracy Ann Oberman
Dr. Greg Greene - Stephen McGonigle
Shirley Bowen - Mali Harries
ATS Driver - Francesca Bailey
Self (archive footage) - Ludwig Guttmann
Windmill Girl - Kim Chapman
Young Nurse - Leah R. Powell
Frank Tompkins - Daniel Wilde