“The Best of Men” is a British television movie that was first broadcast on BBC Two in 2012. It is a biographical drama film based on the true story of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, a German neurologist who fled Nazi Germany to England, where he founded the Paralympic Games.
The movie is set in the 1940s, during World War II, and follows Dr. Guttmann (played by Eddie Marsan) as he arrives at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he is tasked with caring for soldiers who have been paralyzed as a result of their injuries. Despite the prevailing belief that paralysis was a lifelong condition, Dr. Guttmann begins to develop new treatments and therapies that help his patients regain some of their physical and mental functions.
The film also explores Dr. Guttmann’s personal life, including his relationship with his wife (played by Romola Garai) and his struggles with antisemitism in England. It is a powerful and emotional story that highlights the resilience and determination of the human spirit, and the impact that one individual can have on the lives of others.
Duration: 90 min.