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Florence Nightingale - by and for Americans
on 23 January 2015
I'm afraid that unlike most of the other reviewers I hated this version of Florence Nightingale's story. It seems to be a made-for-TV docudrama produced by and for Americans. The story is largely restricted to the Crimean War and the period before, omitting any of the later, arguably much more important, work that Florence Nightingale did as a pioneer of modern nursing and nurse education. Indeed the end of the film suggests that, after returning from the Crimea, Florence lived a quiet life! The level of schmaltz and sentimentality made it almost impossible for me to get through the film and frankly I wish I hadn't watched the final five minutes. It purports to be historically accurate but at least some aspects have been altered, presumably to "improve" the facts. Jaclyn Smith performs with a cast of well known British actors and I'm afraid this just accentuates her limitations as an actress. She tries, unconvincingly, to speak with an English accent and just looks out of her depth.
I resent the time I spent watching this, it seemed even longer than it actually was.