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What a super film this is on so many levels. The acting of both Greer Garson and Ralph Bellamy was superb, especially, Ralph Bellamy. Another level is the example of true family life. How we need examples like this. The father was clearly the head of the house. Yet, with the wife who can hardly be labeled weak.. The husband and wife complemented each other, each, with their own strengths, creating the family. What an environment to raise kids to hopefully do the same. I love this movie and watch it each time you show it. Thank you TCM. What a great night of films, "Before They Became President".
Get the pancakes out for this vat of syrup!
I Always Enjoy a Good Biopic
I really didn't know too much about the Roosevelts, so I enjoyed watching this film and learning more about them. The one thing that really stood out to me in a jarring way from the start was Green Garson's voice. I had never heard Eleanor Roosevelt talk so I just assumed that that must be how she talked, especially since Ms. Garson had been nominated for an Academy Award. Well, a little over half way through the film I just couldn't stand it anymore so I decided to see how Eleanor really did talk. I listened to a couple of her speeches on youtube and I could certainly see how Ms. Garson had tried to sound like her. But, what stood out to me about Eleanor was her sweetness and softness. When she smiled at me I found myself smiling back at her. So to me, how Eleanor pronounced her words was secondary to her gentle nature and that's where I think Ms. Garson kind of missed it. I had the wrong assumption from the movie that Eleanor was very stiff and forced in her dialect when in reality there was nothing abnormal about how she talked. I wish Ms. Garson had not focused so much on trying to sound like her because I think in doing so we missed out on the 'real' Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in favor of some silly sounding pronunciations.
Sunrise at Campobello is the worst performance I've seen from Greer Garson. She must have been desperate to try and copy Eleanor . The only movie I ever saw her in that she was bad. Actually it's the best Ralph Bellamy could do. It's just awful.
- J Ben D.
I will keep this short and sweet. Not only is this film well made as a film in and of itself, the script is well written and the story is a delight to follow. It runs at a perfect length for telling a true-to-life story of FDR, his wife and family, and his political career and advisers. Inspiring and full of inspirational quotes -- even if you are not a progressive as FDR would call his followers..."God takes man into deep water not to drown him, but to cleanse Him..." --Greer Garson as "Babs" Eleanor Roosevelt
Greer Garson is Splendid
- David Atkins
Jack Warner was famous for filming classic and successful Boadway hits, and cast Greer Garson at first a surprise as Eleanor Roosevelt in the film version of Sunrise at Campobello.Ms. Garson is splendid and brought gravitas and Garson's worldwide boxoffice clout to this movie and won an Oscar nomination for her moving portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt. A fine film and Ralph Bellamy is very fine as FDR.This film is a credit to the Warner studio
- Janet Miller
Superbly acted though I do agree with another reviewer's "stagy" comment. But I can remember sitting with my Dad on a snowy Sunday afternoon when I was about 13 watching this on TV and asking him questions about President Roosevelt - my Dad was about 15 when FDR died. I remember being so surprised when Dad said how the public never really knew the extent of his polio and its effect on his life - never really knew that someone who couldn't walk unaided was President. It seemed amazing at that time - and would be even more amazing now. This movie helps explain what a truly tremendous accomplishment FDR's recovery and ultimately, his Presidency were. Should be required curriculum for junior high social studies across the country.
Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
- James Higgins
Very long but an exceptional biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. The lead performances are truly great, especially Greer Garson as Eleanor. One drawback, it is very stagy. It may have been based on a play, but this is a movie, not a play.