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Florence Nightingale (1985)

Jaclyn Smith , Claire Bloom , Daryl Duke  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton, Timothy West, Peter McEnery
  • Directors: Daryl Duke
  • Writers: Ivan Moffat, Rose Leiman Goldemberg
  • Producers: Anthony B. Richmond, Gerald W. Abrams, Ron Carr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Florence Nightingale" on IMDb

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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 volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War, she was scorned by her community and faced great opposition for her new way of thinking. However, through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly became known as "The Lady with the Lamp," the caring nurse whose shadow softened those wounded. From Emmy® Award-winning director Daryl Duke (TV's "The Thorn Birds") and writers Ivan Moffat and Rose Leiman Goldemberg (TV's "The Burning Bed") comes the classic TV movie starring Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton and Jeremy Brett, now available for the first time on DVD.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Portrayal July 4, 2009
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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!"
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Florence Nightingale is a Masterpiece! September 29, 2009
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I absolutely loved this movie and I am so glad I bought it for my home to view it over and over again. It is a wonderful story based on true facts from the life of Florence Nightingale who unselfishly gave up her life to help others. We can all learn from her fine example and discover just what this life has to offer and what we can do to improve it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Florence Nightingale July 14, 2009
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I really liked this movie, it is sad but I think Jaclyn Smith did an excellent job in this film. The wardrobe was very authentic and the story stuck very close to real life. Love it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best tvmovies of the 80's.... August 27, 2009
This is arguably 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....

I'm giving this movie FIVE stars !!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lady With the Lamp June 14, 2010
This is a decent and nicely produced period piece. The portrayal of Nightengale seems correct and perhap a little stiff, but this goes along with the feeling of the time. The costumes and uniforms are all quite correct for the Crimean War period. We even get a few Highlanders and Guards in bearskins!

Naturally a film like this is going to portray the Victorian British army as a crude male dominated organization. The problem was that ineffiency was emblematic to all armies of this period. The US was hardly in any better shape when our Civil War broke out a few years later and thousands were lost from bad care. The French had a marginally better medical organization in the Crimea and by use of the Vivandiers, the lady Canteen carries, they had a least a built in element to use for helping the soldiers. The Russians were even worse off with hardly any medical care and their losses from this war will probably never be known.

The British army suffered from an antiquated organization that had changed little since the Napoleanic Wars. The Duke of Wellington would have been quite at home with the army in 1854, as it was still his army in spirit. The ineffiency however was something he would have corrected. Unfortunately Lord Raglin did not have this ability, despite his long association with the Iron Duke.

Miss Nightengale certainly was a catalyst to address change. Without her this would have happened anyway, as reforms throughout the army were due as a result of that first dreadful winter in the Crimea. She certainly played her part to accomplish this noble end. One notes that at Scutari Hospital the mortality rate was roughly 44% before she and the reforms instituted by Parliamentry Commissions were implimented. Six months later it was reduced down to 2%.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy and Relevant. December 9, 2009
I just stumbled upon this film at Books-A-Million the other day and watched it with my Grandmother. We were both intrigued. The film centers around the internal conflict of Miss Nightingale pursuing her calling as a nurse versus adhering to the traditional society pattern of marrying well and foregoing any type of career. While we as a society often think of nurses as a kind and gentle profession, this film really reveals to what lengths Miss Nightingale and her self-funded team of nurses went through to care for the soldiers that were being neglected by the British army. They have to travel and defy British military tradition and hierarchy. Miss Nightingale's flawless logic and adeptness with words is highlighted in the film. And Jacklyn Smith gives a very sophisticated and classy portrayal of Miss Nightingale, the Lady With The Lamp. Wonderful film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do the real Florence justice. January 23, 2010
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Inspirational!
Loved the movie! It went very well with her biography....very inspiring! Thank you!
Published 28 days ago by Dora
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie shows how Florence nightingale started
Fantastic movie shows how Florence nightingale started. Nursing. And helped. Heal people. She was a real heroine. Shows how far we have come. In medicine.
Published 1 month ago by Marty Linkenhoker
5.0 out of 5 stars Florence Nightinglae DVD
The purchase price was good and the delivery time was great. I look forward to viewing this with my daughter who is a Nurse Practitioner. It is a birthday gift for her.
Published 5 months ago by Vicki O. Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite
This is a wonderful, entertaining, and educational movie. It is also great to see movies that honor God and His calling on your life. Must have!!!
Published 6 months ago by Sher
3.0 out of 5 stars The story and acting are great but cd quality wasn't.
My dvd has a buzz on it and I have to keep the volume down to make it tolerable to watch. Really did enjoy the acting and scenery and story.
Published 7 months ago by SES
3.0 out of 5 stars nice history
I admit I bought this just because I saw Timothy Dalton on the cover and I'll watch anything with him it. Did I mention I was a big fan of his? Read more
Published 7 months ago by See Sea
5.0 out of 5 stars Florence Nightingale is a really good movie.
I was interested in the movie because I heard it was a really good one. How she was able to start nursing
and the idea that everything had to be sanitary when treating sick... Read more
Published 8 months ago by release
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for Timothy Dalton, be captivated by Florence
Florence Nightengale was even more saintly than we knew. She passed up a chance for marriage with a man devoted to helping her achieve her dream, but unfortunately she couldn't... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Patricia E. Fulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Timothy Dalton! What else is there.
I chose this rating because I love Timothy Dalton. I think he's handsome and a great actor. Great eye candy.
Published 12 months ago by Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Movie starring Jaclyn Smith as FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
An A+, beautiful, and inspiring TV movie about an outstanding woman of great conviction, perseverance, and love for her fellowman and the vocation of nursing, in an era that looked... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Armida Fabela
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