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Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale
Actors: Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton, Timothy West, Peter McEnery
Director: Daryl Duke
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Special Interests, Television, Military & War
NR     2009     2hr 20min

This stirring drama is based on the life of Florence Nightingale, an aristocratic woman who defied Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteeri...  more »


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Actors: Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton, Timothy West, Peter McEnery
Director: Daryl Duke
Creators: Jack Hildyard, Bill Lenny, Gerald W. Abrams, Ron Carr, Tony Richmond, Ivan Moffat, Rose Leiman Goldemberg
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Special Interests, Television, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Religion, Family Life, Family Films, Religion & Spirituality, Drama, Made-for-TV Movies, Military & War
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/05/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 20min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 7/9/2018...
I didn't know much about the "Lady with the Lamp" before watching this. Most of this production covers what she did for the wounded British soldiers in the Crimean war. There are multiple scenes where she susses out different reasons why the death rate is so horrendous. Hmmm...Like maybe we shouldn't let all the blood out of people? At one point, she figures out the incoming water is rotten. Why? Oh no! There's a dead horse that floated down the river and is stuck in there! Truly disgusting.

Upon close examination of her life, one realizes Nightingale was a triumphantly selfless individual. She passed up love, marriage, and children for the sake of her pathway. To love being around the sick and the dying takes a certain breed of person. To say nothing of the positive thinking it must have taken to overcome the discouragement and sexist edifices of the day. Jaclyn Smith is a wee bit prettier than Miss Nightingale, no doubt for heftier dramatic effect. That's Hollywood for you though. I learned much from this Dvd and am glad I viewed it.
Alice B. from SANDY, UT
Reviewed on 9/29/2015...
Wonderful Movie.I loved it.This is one of the best TV movies ever produced in the 80's. Sadly, they don't make movies like this anymore in hollywood now a days. The movie was actually released as a three-hour movie and not a miniseries in 1985. I still have a copy of this movie on VHS and it's great to get hold of this dvd version this time - much better quality. It's worth keeping this classic movie....from the production, to the music -- an outstanding film. Performance wise, I reckon Jaclyn Smith delivers her best performance in this film. She may not be in the same league like say Meryl Streep or Cate Blanchett but she's a very credible performer. I thought, she's really a standout during her quietest moments in the film. She just played it with grace and composure.

Movie Reviews

Terrific Portrayal
Howard Solow | USA | 07/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was dissapointed to read the other review of this movie because I really loved it. Granted, I am a nurse so I may have more invested than a non-nurse viewer....even so I thought Jacqueline Smith gave a heartfelt and noble portrayal of Florence. The movie itself showcased some of florences best moments...standing up to the male hierachy of the British Army to be allowed to care for the wounded soldiers. I defy anyone not to be moved by Florence's dedication and commitment to her patients. Way to go Jackie! Good job in bringing the "Lady with the Lamp" to life!""
Doesn't do the real Florence justice.
Julia H. Rice | germantown, MD | 01/23/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Even if the movie wasn't made in Hollywood, our heroine is given the Hollywood treatment. It bothers me that she is portrayed by an actress who looks as plastic as a Barbie Doll. I only hope that the audience is motivated to find out more about the real person who is way more interesting than this character. The movie ends as Nightengale returns from the Crimean War. It makes no mention of the fact that at age 37 she became a recluse. She lived to age 90 but rarely left her room or even received visitors- not even her family. She did do alot of consulting and educating through letters she wrote. There is no mention of the fact that she had a genius for mathmatics and statistics.
I didn't hate the movie. I think it is well worth watching. It just doesn't do her justice."