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The Best of Men

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Synopsis

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, Dr Guttmann was deservedly knighted for his part in bringing hope to the hopeless.

Details

Year
2012
Type of film
Features
Running Time
90 mins
Director
Tim Whitby
Producer
Harriet Davison
Executive Producer
Matthew Read
Editor
David Thrasher
Screenwriter
Lucy Gannon
Director of Photography
Matt Gray
Production Designer
Sarah Hauldren
Music
Mark Russell
Principal Cast
Eddie Marsan, Ben Owen-Jones, Rob Brydon, George MacKay, Bee Bee Sanders, Leigh Quinn

Production Company

Whitby Davison Productions Ltd.
Tel: 44 (0)117 973 9121
tim@whitbydavisontv.co.uk
harriet@whitbydavisontv.co.uk

British Broadcasting Corporation
BBC Television Centre
Wood Lane
London
W12 7RJ
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8743 8000
http://www.bbc.co.uk

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Company

British Broadcasting Corporation
BBC Television Centre
Wood Lane
London
W12 7RJ
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8743 8000
http://www.bbc.co.uk