Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
DVD cover
Written by John Pielmeier
Directed by Thomas Carter
Starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
Kimberly Elise
Aunjanue Ellis
Theme music composer Martin Davich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Dan Angel
Thomas Carter
Cinematography John B. Aronson
Editor(s) Peter E. Berger
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) The Hatchery
Sony Pictures Television
Original network TNT
Sony Pictures Television
Original release
  • February 7, 2009 (2009-02-07)

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a 2009 television drama film directed and co-produced by Thomas Carter, written by John Pielmeier, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise and Aunjanue Ellis. The film is based on the autobiography of neurosurgeon (and later politician) Ben Carson, which was co-written by Cecil Murphey and published under the same title in 1990. A Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation, the movie premiered on TNT on Saturday, February 7, 2009.

Gooding Jr. was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. Carter was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film. The film additionally received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Movie/Miniseries and four Creative Arts Emmy Award nominations.


. Shocked, Ben runs home and cries out to God to take away his bad temper. This experience changes his life for the better.

After hard work and strong determination, Ben receives a scholarship to Yale University, where he meets his future wife, Candy Rustin, who supports him in his struggles to get through Yale. After studying neurosurgery, he is accepted as a resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he is faced with a dilemma that could end his career – operate on a dying man without permission or supervision, or let him die. He takes the risk and


Critical reception[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Hal Boedeker of The Orlando Sentinel said of the film, "It's the perfect movie for a country challenged by its new president to do better."[1] Ray Richmond of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The film is so good that a little immodesty is not only acceptable but understandable."[2] Audiences enjoyed the film as well, receiving a 7.8/10 rating on IMDb.[3]

Among its detractors, John Maynard of The Washington Post stated, "It is a treacly, plodding affair stunted by awkward transitions and a syrupy soundtrack".[4]

The film won the Epiphany Prize for Inspiring Television, and Kimberly Elise won the Grace Award for Television at the 2010 Movieguide Awards.


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