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Review: 'Hyde Park On The Hudson' Sex, Politics And Bill Murray As FDR

December 5th, 2012 3:11pm EST
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'Hyde Park on the Hudson' is the story of a love affair between FDR (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney) centered around a weekend in 1939, when King George VI (Samuel West) and his wife, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Coleman) came to visit.

George is in the United States to ask Roosevelt for financial help with Britain's impending war with Germany. By the way, this is the same King George that took center stage in 'The King's Speech. That's right the King who stuttered.

The film was directed by Roger Michell ('Notting Hill') and written by Richard Nelson. It...
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Sister's Polio Battle Inspired Bill Murray To Play FDR

September 4th, 2012 2:38pm EDT
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Funnyman Bill Murray used his sister's polio battle in the 1950s as inspiration for his portrayal of disabled former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in new movie Hyde Park On The Hudson.

The Lost in Translation star mined memories of his sibling's brave fight with the condition that plagued the leader, and decided to play Roosevelt as a man who never complained about his disability.

Murray tells the Los Angeles Times he recalls his sister's treatments included immersion in scalding water, and she was fitted with painful leg braces - but she tried to overcome her problems.

Murray says,...
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