Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR)
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This award-winning PBS biography is an engaging overview of FDR's life, with a focus on his political career. You can watch it online or buy the video—your choice.
To the discerning viewer, this made-for-TV miniseries might come off as a bit dated, possibly overacted. And the chronology of some events has been fudged a bit. But it's strangely compelling, perhaps because it does a pretty good job of condensing five years of history into three hours. Or maybe because it's sort of incredible to watch the young John Lithgow, Michael Caine, and Bob Hoskins playing FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.
In this slightly re-written version of history, little orphan Annie inspires FDR and his cabinet to create the New Deal by singing "Tomorrow" to them. Cheesy? Yes, but the songs are great and the story will bring a smile to your face.
Most films about FDR focus on the big-ticket items: the New Deal and World War II. This more introspective movie deals with his struggle with polio in Warm Springs, Georgia.