The Best of Men follows 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.
The Best of Men
The Best of Men tells the story of one remarkable doctor who revolutionized the care of paraplegics. Arriving at England's Stoke Mandeville hospital in the middle of World War II, Dr. Ludwig Guttman transformed the lives of his patients and staff. Indefatigable, charismatic, and entertaining, he refused to accept the idea that a broken back was a terminal condition. Having overcome extraordinary challenges in his own life, he insisted his patients do the same. He expected them to have relationships, jobs, and full lives. He used sport to challenge them physically and psychologically.
This heart-warming and uplifting film tells the true story of the birth of the Paralympic Games and celebrates the achievements of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who started it all.
Producer: Whitby Davison Productions
Production Year: 2013
Actors: Eddie Marsan
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 90 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen