Warm Springs (film)
Warm Springs is a 2005 television film about American President Franklin D. Roosevelt's struggle with polio, his discovery of the Warm Springs, Georgia spa town resort and his work to turn it into a center for the aid of polio victims, and his resumption of his political career.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- [on his plans to run for office] When I can walk, I'll run.
- [During a speech] Now, they say! The best way to get rid of a man! Is to have him run for vice president! Well, I say! Ask my cousin Teddy! That's how they got rid of him!
- [tearfully, standing in the pool] I'm standing. I'm standing.
- [speaking at the schoolhouse graduation ceremony] Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Now, you know, at Groton where I graduated from high school, our beloved Headmaster encouraged his students to enter public life. I chose to attend Harvard for my undergraduate work and then Columbia for my law degree. Followed my Headmaster's advice and sought a career in public life, but circumstances beyond my control... [begins shaking] have made that very difficult. You know, I've given many speeches in my life. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time making this one.
- I am proud more than you will ever know, to be a part of this community. It is a real community based not on birth rite or privilege, but on compassion.
- "There but for the grace of God," they say, as if our bodies were who we are. Well it's not: our souls are who we are, only they don't know it.
- Franklin, I can't help you out of a hole if I climb in with you.
- Louis McHenry Howe: I can't quite picture you in the back woods of Georgia.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Well, where do you picture me, Louis?
- Louis McHenry Howe: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [on first arriving at Warm Springs] This place should be condemned!
- Tom Loyless: We have seen better times. But then, I imagine, so have you.
- Helena Mahoney: I feel like I've been brought here under false pretenses.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Join the club.
- Louis McHenry Howe: Why are you a Democrat?
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Democratic Party is the party of the people, and I'm a man of the people.
- Louis McHenry Howe: You're a Roosevelt. Since when does a Roosevelt know about people?
- Eleanor Roosevelt: You want to stay?
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Yes.
- Eleanor Roosevelt: New York has the best doctors and hospitals in the country.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I need something new.
- [short pause]
- Eleanor Roosevelt: This isn't about getting better, is it? You don't want to come home. You don't want to live with us.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I refuse to be a burden to anyone--
- Eleanor Roosevelt: Your not a burden, your my husband.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I want to offer you the freedom you once so generously offered me. Listen, all you've ever known is duty to me and to a political career and unless I can walk again, no longer exists. You've been...exemplary. Now I'm telling you...that your free to go.
- Eleanor Roosevelt: I don't want freedom. I want a marriage. I want a life with you.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Perhaps I can't imagine what you think that life is going to be.
- Eleanor Roosevelt: Oh, Franklin. It's not up to me to imagine. It's up to you.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Don't talk to me as if I were a child!
- Eleanor Roosevelt: How am I supposed to talk to you?
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Like I was!
- Eleanor Roosevelt: I don't know how to any more.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: You never pitied me, Tom. Thank you for that.
- Tom Loyless: On the contrary; I envy you.
- Helena Mahoney: Good luck, Franklin.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I'm throwing myself to the wolves.
- Helena Mahoney: If they bite, you can come back here.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I'll always come back here.
- [FDR is about to make a speech.]
- Louis McHenry Howe: What's the matter?
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: What if I fall?
- Louis McHenry Howe: If you fall, you just get up again.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: If I fall in front of thousands of people, I'll lose everything... except their pity. They'll never see past my legs.
- Eleanor Roosevelt: My darling, they'll never see past your legs... until you do.
- [last lines]
- Reporter: Mrs. Roosevelt, do you think that polio has affected your husband's mind?
- Eleanor Roosevelt: [smiling] Yes, I do! I certainly do!
- Kenneth Branagh - Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Cynthia Nixon - Eleanor Roosevelt
- Kathy Bates - Helena Mahoney
- Tim Blake Nelson - Tom Loyless
- Jane Alexander - Sara Delano Roosevelt
- David Paymer - Louis McHenry Howe
- Andrew Davoli - Jake Perini