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What a wonderful surprise this movie turned out to be, having found it by chance while searching for movies by Timothy Dalton. The inspiring story of Florence Nightingale is beautifully brought to life by Jaclyn Smith and Timothy Dalton as the lead in this all star cast production. The courage and bravery shown by Nightingale in pursuing her calling is one that touched something deep within me and I felt inspired and grateful for this wonderful depiction of her life by Hollywood's finest. As a little girl and a student of history I read about Florence Nightingale but the import of what she did at a time when most aristocratic women will not deign to touch a commoner or care for one as a nurse; to rise against that prevailing prejudice and opposition, and transform the sanitation of London hospitals as well as the British army hospitals during the Crimean war, says a lot for her nobility and strength of purpose. Jaclyn Smith was great as Florence Nightingale and so was Timothy Dalton as her great love and friend. Claire Bloom, Ann Thornton, Timothy West, Peter McEnery, Stephan Chase and Jeremy Brett also played their parts beautifully to bring to life this inspirational story
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 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.
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on 18 April 2011
Excellent film. The film portrays our herione as she should be portrayed. It tells of all her struggles she has with the government, and pompous army officials who think,the common soldier is there only for cannon fodder, and all that she is, is only a inter-fearing nosey woman,who should learn to keep her station and not be seen in a man's world.Florence is my herione as what she did for those soldiers in the Crimea, made way for what she achieved in nursing when she came home.A film you need to watch and add to your collection.
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on 22 June 2012
i purchased this dvd recently as i was interested to learn more about florences life and i found this story very educating. the acting and actors/actress's were superb and makes great family viewing with a caveat concerning some of the wounded scenes which some parents may not wish their children to see.but this aside it's a great purchase and would highly recommend it.
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on 5 May 2014
An inspirational story. Well depicted. The story ends rather abruptly. I just wish there was more of her later life shown.
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on 27 February 2014
arrived safely well packaged fantastic film would recommend it to any one really interested in history as she was a marvellous woman
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on 20 January 2012
This is a highly inspirational movie. Great job. I bought this for study purposes and it gave me such an awesome insight into the influence one person can have in a world of impossibilities.
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on 2 October 2015
Lovely film which gave an overview of the journey of Florence Nightingale. Obviously the conditions she and her staff worked in were much worse than protrayed in the film but it helped give some insight into the life she had given up because of her calling to the life of care and dedication she actually lived. It was a surprise to learn she lived to her 90's and that she continued to guide and teach as long as she did. This is a film one could watch over again.
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on 12 July 2012
'And as the sun slowly sinks in the west, we say goodbye to the Crimea and the lovely lady with the lamp, glamorous society beauty Florence Nightingale, who fought to save British lives in difficult times for the British Army. We hope that the five years or so of her life covered in this movie will incentivize you all to find out about the other eighty-five years.'
The blurb that was never published.

There should be a law preventing Americans from making films about British historical figures. We could always fight back, of course, and make a film about the love life of Abraham Lincoln with the Gettysburg address thrown in - written, produced, directed and acted by the British. It might well please some of the people some of the time.
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on 9 April 2015
Good film, as good as the origional
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