Sunrise at Campobello (1960)




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One of only two theatrical features by television director Vincent J. Donahue, Sunrise at Campobello is a biography of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that attempts to illustrate the statesman's courageous battle against infantile paralysis and his political foes. While in the prime of his life, Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is stricken with a debilitating illness that threatens to end his career. Fortunately, his wife, Eleanor (Greer Garson), faithfully helps him regain his strength and become one of America's most influential and beloved Commanders in Chief. Hume Cronyn also stars as F.D.R.'s political strategist Louis Howe, who forms a successful triumvirate with the Roosevelts. For her performance, Greer Garson received a Best Actress nomination at the 1961 Academy Awards. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Classics , Drama
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Ralph Bellamy
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Greer Garson
as Eleanor Roosevelt
Hume Cronyn
as Louis Howe
Jean Hagen
as Missy Le Hand
Ann Shoemaker
as Sara Roosevelt
Alan Bunce
as Al Smith
Tim Considine
as James Roosevelt
Zina Bethune
as Anna Roosevelt
Pat Close
as Elliot Roosevelt
Robin Warga
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Tommy Carty
as Johnny Roosevelt
Lyle Talbot
as Mr. Brimmer
David White
as Mr. Lassiter
Frank Ferguson
as Dr. Bennett
Walter Sande
as Capt. Skinner
Otis Greene
as Edward
Ivan Browning
as Charles
Al McGranary
as Sen. Walsh
Jerry Crews
as Speaker
Tommy Carly
as Johnny Roosevelt
Floyd Curtis
as Mailman
Ruth March
as Miss Garroway
Ed Prentiss
as Barker
Craig Curtis
as Newsboy
Fern Barry
as Campaign Worker
Mary Benoit
as Campaign Worker
Jack Perrin
as Campaign Worker
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Critic Reviews for Sunrise at Campobello

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

In the journey from stage to screen this chapter from the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt loses none of its poignant and inspirational qualities, none of its humor and pathos.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Top Critic

A well-done, moving biographical film.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Greer Garson received her seventh Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in this conventional biopic, based on the Broadway play.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013

A heartwarming look at the early years of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
TV Guide

Inspirational biopic on the only American president to be elected for four terms.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is an exceptional and inspiring true story.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Sunrise at Campobello

This movie, well-received at its release, is now virtually unwatchable. Garson's impersonation of Eleanor is, at best, an amusing SNL sketch; it's embarrassing as acting. Bellamy is better, but the stagey direction undermines any possibility of genuine empathy for any of these people. The gold standard for FDR & Eleanor is the Jane Alexander/Edward Hermann TV series.

Randi Neil
Randi Neil

This tells a story of a forgotten time before FDR was president. This was the best performance Bellamy ever gave. Greer Garson is good too.

elias boccheciamp
elias boccheciamp

Bill Murray's recent depiction of Roosevelt continues the middling attempts at capturing his life that was first tried in this film. Like Roosevelt himself, we are trapped in Campobello which seems like a good place to vacation but not to base a film around.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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