Gifted Hands

Topics: Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Surgery Pages: 4 (1217 words) Published: July 29, 2012
GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY

RELEASE DATE: February 7th, 2009
STARRING:
1. Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Benjamin "Bennie" Carson (lead role) 2. Kimberly Elise as Sonya Carson (mother)
3. Aunjanue Ellis as Candy Carson (girlfriend & wife) 4. Gus Hoffman as Teen Bennie (teenage Bennie)
5. Jaishon Fisher as Bennie (young Bennie)

GENRE: Drama
AUDIENCE: All
RATING: TV-PG
RUNTIME: 120 minutes
DISTRIBUTOR: TNT/Turner Entertainment Group
DIRECTOR: Thomas Carter
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Loesch, Dan Angel, Bruce Stein, and Thomas Carter PRODUCER: David Rosemont
WRITER: John Pielmeier
CONTENT:
(CCC, BBB, Cap, V, M) Very strong Christian worldview where children are encouraged to apply the gifts God has given them, and with God’s help overcome anger and prejudice, plus some pro-capitalist content; no offensive language; two brief scenes of violence, one is an attempted stabbing, deeply repented of, plus some scenes of medical procedures may be disturbing to children; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, teenage rebellion is dealt with and overcome. SUMMARY:

GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY is one of the best made-for-television movies ever produced. It is the true story of a black child raised by a single mother who constantly encouraged him to use his God-given gifts. He grows from being a poor student to the top of his class and then to become a world-famous neurosurgeon. It would be hard not to be inspired by this movie.

As the story begins, Ben (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is asked to attempt a surgery to separate German Raush twins conjoined at the backhead. The movie then flashes back (1961) to show when Ben (as a child played by Jaishon Fisher) was such a poor student, he failed to get a single answer right on a test. He is unmercifully ridiculed by his white classmates, one of whom he hits in the mouth after closing his locker. His mother Sonya (Kimberly Elise) is then called to the...
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