The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name.
Even if you never heard his name...Even if this whole story was make-believe...you'll not soon forget this drama of devotion, this laughter through tears, this motion picture of motion pictures...
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Did You Know?
Star Ralph Bellamy
, who plays Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt
, reprising his Broadway stage role in this movie, said of the part in his auto-biography, "When the Smoke Hits the Fan" (1979): "A peculiar thing about Sunrise is that everyone knew the story before they came to the theatre, but in spite of that there was suspense" and "I think the appeal was the indomitability of the human spirit - the courage and will to live." See more
When the train departs to carry the Roosevelt family home from Campobello, there's a shot of the departing locomotive accompanied by typical steam-locomotive-starting-up sounds which are not paced or synchronized with the actual operation of the steam engine. See more
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
I feel I've had to go through the fire for some reason. Eleanor, it's a hard way to learn humility, but I've had to learn it by crawling. I know what is meant "You must learn to crawl, before you can walk."