Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

2009
7.7| 1h26m| NR| en| More Info
Released: 07 February 2009 Released
Producted By: The Hatchery
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Official Website: http://www.tnt.tv/movies/giftedhands/
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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.

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Alicia I love this movie so much
GamerTab That was an excellent one.
Ezmae Chang This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
Zlatica One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.
Oscar Scheepstra The movie is very predictable. Everything goes wrong, then all of a sudden he is a straight A student. The movie always follows this cycle. It is funny that there are almost no cases of racism in the entire movie. You can almost predict what will happen next. All the problems Re solved way too easily. Kid gets new glasses, and gets good grades. He ditches the lectures and get an A on the conveniently important exam he had to pass. It doesn't even make sense to put this dramatic part of the movie - we all know he ia going to pass. And what the heck was this university student Ben? He looks like a 40 year old!! I honestly wish the movie was more centred on the two important surgeries than on those boring and predictable childhood stories. The photography is not memorable. There are beautiful locations, but no interesting camera work or good compositions. Even TV shows like House have done much better. Music is good... If you ignore the soap-opera dramatic background sounds used on intense scenes. They should have stick with the proper classical music. Overall it is an interesting story, but told on a movie that has many flaws that make it very predictable and boring. I can't imagine this being played on a movie theatre.
Mark Estrada I don't believe a word of this self-serving 'documentary. Carson has demonstrated that he is a liar or living in a fantasy world of denial. His surgical prowess is in question since it been discovered that this 'miracle worker' has 5 malpractice suits in which he settled to cover up his incompetence. Ben Carson cares about one thing and that's Ben Carson. Every story and life achievement once fact checked, does not hold up to even minor scrutiny and are heavily embellish to the point is a good possibility he should be getting treatment for psychological abnormalities. A peek into his home reveals extreme narcissism and is an alter to Ben Carson.
classicsoncall As I write this, the prior most recent posting about this movie is from December 2014, well before Ben Carson made his announcement to run for the Presidency. To my mind, there's no finer human being on the planet than Carson, a soft spoken individual who strikes a chord with people when he speaks, especially with the common sense approach he takes to issues that plague current society. It will be interesting to see how far he goes in his quest and what tangible impact he makes on the political scene.Reading some of the other reviews here, there are those who doubt that the Ben Carson story presented here is actually true. One needs to pick up the book upon which the movie is based, and read the Ben Carson story first hand. His is a remarkable journey proving that if someone like him, growing up in impoverished circumstances with little hope of a future, can actually rise above those surroundings to accomplish whatever he's determined to do. Much of the credit is due to a remarkable mother who believed in him and brother Curtis, setting them on a life long path of reading, learning and accomplishing things that others would think impossible.The events in the movie are all documented in "Gifted Hands" the book, and if anything, the book is more compelling than the film because one gets a sense of Carson's innate humanity in dealing with the circumstances and situations which forged his life. One reviewer on this board dismisses the knife incident as if contrived for the film, but this event was a seminal moment in Carson's life that made him realize that a singular instance of thoughtlessness could doom one's life forever. Through the power of prayer and applying his own determined initiative, Ben Carson has become a role model that parents of any race can direct their own children to emulate.
TxMike When you look over the roles that Cuba Gooding Jr. has had over the years, seeing the diversity in the characters, you realize what a gifted actor he is. He shows it clearly in this role, as Ben Carson, gifted surgeon from very humble beginnings.The movie opens with a difficult case where Dr Carson is contemplating the separation of German conjoined twins, sharing a cranium and parts of their brains. His big hurdle is figuring out a way to keep them from bleeding to death during the surgery. From that we are treated to a long flashback of his life from a young student, through his teen years, and medical school.Ben Carson was not a "natural." He had developed spotty study habits and was distracted by hours of TV after school. As a result he was borderline failing in all his classes. But the awakening came when his mother insisted that he and his brother spend less time watching TV and more time reading books from the library.Ben Carson became a success from his mother's motivation, and from his own motivation to became a doctor. As the movie draws to its conclusion we are again taken to the beginning, the difficult case of the conjoined twins. He pioneered a procedure which proved to be successful.A bonus in the DVD extras include the real Ben Carson, who today is not that much older than the actor who plays him in this movie.