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Film / Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

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A 2009 Made-for-TV Movie Biography Drama directed by Thomas Carter that follows the life story of Ben Carson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) as he works as a neurosurgeon.

The movie also stars Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis, Gus Hoffman, Ele Bardha, Tajh Below, and Gregory Dockery.

It aired on TNT on February 7, 2009.

Tropes for the film:

  • Character Title: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.
  • Dated History: The movie covers only Carson's medical accomplishments, it came out before Carson ran for president in 2016 and him later becoming the Secretary of HUD under Donald Trump.
  • The Film of the Book: Based on Ben Carson's book of the same name.
  • Hate Sink: There are two background characters that exist to show how Ben had to struggle with racism. There's a teacher who spoils an awards ceremony when she berates her white students for letting a black child from a broken home do better than them and there's this chief doctor from Johns Hopkins Hospital who ignores and insults Ben
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • Ben Carson, neurosurgeon and future Presidential candidate.
    • Candy Carson, author and Carson's wife.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: On his first day of work, Ben is the only colored person in the elevator, and the only one to give a cheery good morning to the other doctors. This doesn't stop him from saying good morning the next time, though.