The Best Of Men

The Best Of Men

DVD - 2014
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The story of one remarkable doctor as he transforms the standards of care for paraplegics. Arriving at England's Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1944, Doctor Ludwig Guttmann 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. This film tells the true story of the Paralympic Games as well as celebrating the work of Dr. Guttmann, who started it all.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : distributed by PBS Distribution, 2014.
ISBN: 9781608830251
160883025X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 24, 2017

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

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Janice21383
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.

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akirakato
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.

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garycornell
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.

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taviwan
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.

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theredcrest
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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wiredonjava
Jan 31, 2016

I thought it was a little over-acted at times but found it to be an excellent quality movie. Success to me is being that person who inspires others to move towards living better lives.

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bobbles1
Dec 20, 2015

Great movie about a great man. Loved it, very moving, one joins in his battles against "sacred cows" and "this is the way we've always done it", no more consigning challenged people to the "scrapheap". It gives us new respect for the Paralympics too.

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Aprilk
Sep 12, 2015

Thought I had chosen poorly in the first few minutes, and then I was caught up in the film. Emotionly engaging, thought stimulating and entertaining.

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