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The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
Characteristics: 1 DVD-video (113 minutes) : sound, colour ; 12 cm.
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Jan 03, 2019

Much more than a five star rating. The movie is based on a true story and produced by the son of the protagonist Robin Cavendish.
A story that proves that sometimes genius is found when adversity hits and that genius can be used to transform the world.
Not to go without mention is tiny Claire Foy who once again takes on a huge role and knocks it out of the ballpark.

Dec 16, 2018

I thought this movie was brilliant. The couple's son, Jonathan Cavendish, produced this movie as a tribute to his parents. It was both moving and inspiring....the casting was great.

Aug 20, 2018

★★⅔ An inspiring bio-drama about a 1960's post-polio tetraplegic man who lived life to the fullest under the dedicated care of his family through marriage and their resourceful friends. However, the anchor love story of the aristocratic Cavendishs came across with little romance but as a-matter-of-fact, and their hardships too cheerfully overcame -- would like to hear reviews from audiences with tetraplegia and their family caretakers. Also, felt uneasy for Robin, who was always on life support, whenever Diana's eternal boyish twin brothers were present behaving like boys. Lastly, brings to mind wonderful films as "The Theory of Everything 2014;" less so "The Intouchables 2011," "The Sessions 2012" and "Me Before You 2016."

Aug 07, 2018

Fantastic movie! As one who tries to respect the feeling of others, there is a mean comment from a KCLS patron on this page. (look below) I forgive this person. Possibly this patron was having a bad day. Patron comments should be limited to your feelings about the movie. Cruel remarks to patrons is unacceptable!

ArapahoeSarah Aug 06, 2018

A beautiful and emotional film that poses many important questions regarding disabilities. If you liked the movie, "The Theory of Everything," then you may also enjoy this one as well.

JCLHeatherM Jul 19, 2018

This dramatic biopic tells the story of Robin Cavendish, one of the longest living polio survivors in Great Britain. Robin's loyal wife Diana champions her husband through his health issues and with the help of a family friend, develop a wheelchair with a built-in respirator that allows Robin to survive outside of hospital walls. The Cavendish's continue to champion for the differently abled, around the world, defying expectations in the process.

While slightly slow-moving, this film is worth a watch and pays homage to the original Cavendish family in the end credits.

May 15, 2018

Very touching movie with persevering true love and acceptance until the end. It also raises the ethical issue of assistance in dying , true care and understanding and also how we choose to say good-bye to the one we loved the most. Amazing reveling true story. A must see .

May 15, 2018

Inspiring true story. Amazing!

May 08, 2018

Directed by Andy Serkis in 2017, this docudrama delves into the life of Robin Cavendish who became paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28.
It is a heartwarming story about love and human possibilty.
Superb are the performances of Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.

Apr 15, 2018

This was a very touching and heartfelt tribute to his parents, as well as to all immobile patients that were "jailed" inside (and largely kept silent) hospitals, no matter how advanced or clean.
Robin Cavendish (played brilliantly by Andrew Garfield: Hacksaw Ridge, 2016; The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 & 2014), is a man that helped shed light upon the many hospital patients that were immobile due to their illness.
His devoted and loving wife, Diana Cavendish (played brilliantly by Claire Foy: The Crown: tv series 2016/2017; Lady in the Van 2015) supported and gave Robin the reason to live, along with help from family.
Robin and inventor Teddy Hall (played well by Hugh Bonneville: Paddington 2, 2017) helped make a wheelchair with a built-in respirator. Their first prototype of their portable respirator was released in 1962 – the Cavendish Chair.
Robin and Diana's son, Jonathan Cavendish produced this film. Unfortunately the Bonus features did not add much to the background of the real life story.
One of the best films of 2017.

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