Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Synopsis: Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Thomas Carter
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations.
86 min




-Dr. Rogers for Dr. Carson.



-Ben, it's Mark.

I need to see you up in my office.

A special-needs case just came in.

Okay. Soon as I'm done.

They were born by cesarean

and, against all odds, they're still alive.

Their physician from West Germany

called me this morning.

Occipital cranopagus twins

have never both survived a separation.

Yeah. He knows that.

If they're not separated...

they'll spend the rest of their lives in bed,

on their backs.

The hospital wants me

to fly to Germany and examine them.

Ben, are you gonna do this?

Nobody's ever done it.

In situations like this, one baby always dies.

Welcome to Germany.

We've been anxiously awaiting

your arrival, Dr. Carson.

Allow me to introduce

Peter and Augusta Rausch.

Thank you for coming.

-How do you do, Doctor?

-My pleasure.

And this is Johann and Stefan.

I wanted to kill myself

when I learned the truth,

but I realized I would be killing

And then, as soon as I saw them,

my heart melted.

Please don't ask us to choose between them.

Well, they don't appear to be sharing

any organs, which is good.

Though there are parts of the brain,

such as the vision center,

that aren't completely separated.

-We won't know until we get on there.

-How soon can that be?

Well, first we have to solve the problem

of exsanguinations.


-Bleeding to death.

It's the reason why cranial separations

have never succeeded.

You see, babes have very little blood,

and unless I can figure out a way

to keep them from bleeding out,

I can't risk performing this operation.

I'll do it.


Thank you. I'll notify the doctor in Germany.

We'll schedule the operation

for a month from now?

Make it 2. Make it 4.

Still haven't figured out

how to save them both, huh?

I'm working on it.

Number 12, 14. Number 13, 27.

Number 12, 14. Number 13, 27.

Number 15, 33.

All right, class,

hand your test back to your neighbor.

All right, how many did you get right?



-That's excellent, Kathy.



Good for you, Mark. You got them all right.


Benjamin, how many did you get right?



Why, Benjamin, that's wonderful.

I'm so proud of you.

Not nine, Mss Williamson. He got none.

You'd think he'd get at least one right.

He got one right last time, 'cause he was

trying to put down the wrong answer.

Hey, Carson, we know

you're the dumbest kid in the class,

but did you hear what they sad on Cronkite

last night on the news?

You're the dumbest kid in the world.

He hit him! He hit him!

Bennie, how could this have been

an accident?

Well, it was almost an accident.

Mom, I never would have hit him

if I remembered I had the lock in my hand.

The boy had 5 stitches,

and his parents are very upset.

I'm not sure how to discipline your son,

Mrs. Carson.

I'll handle it.

I'm also very concerned about his grades.

Have you seen his latest report card?

So, what happened? You weren't getting

grades like that in Boston.

Boston was easier.

They didn't ask us to do much.

Well, I ain't asking you, either,

I'm telling you.

You weren't meant to be a failure, Bennie.

-And you can control your temper.

-He called me a dummy...

And you can bring your grades up, too.

I know you can.

-I'm dumb, Mother.

-No, you ain't.

You're a smart boy.

Listen to me. Listen to me.

You just ain't using that smartness.

Now, if you keep getting grades like that,

you're gonna spend the rest of your life

mopping floors in a factory.

And that ain't the life I want for you.

That ain't the life God wants for you, ether.

Yes, Mother.

I'm gonna have to have a talk with him

about you and your brother, Curtis.

No, no. He invited us

to the game tonight, remember?

Why don't you and I go?

And get me Candlestick Park, please.

Hey, Mother. You're home early.

They didn't need me

as long as they sad they would.

You finish your homework?

Most of it.

Bennie, you're gonna run your eyes

sitting so close to this TV.

-You do your homework?

-I need help.

-Curtis, help your brother.

-I gotta finish my math.

Mother, I need help.

-What you need help with?

-This history. I don't really understand it.

-Well, what don't you understand?

-Like, all the words.

Could you read this for me?

I need new reading glasses.

Why don't you tell me what it's about?

It's about Thomas Jefferson

and the Declaration of Independence.

-What is this word?

-Sound it out.

''self... Self...

''And it...''


-Look at me.

Can you tell me what them

cereal boxes is on the shelf?


-I mean, can you read them?

-Not this far. Can you?

Looks like I ain't the only one around here

gonna be needing glasses.

Tina, Sarah, Kathy, Bennie.

Congratulations. You're doing much better.


Well, it's an improvement, all right.

And I'm proud of you for not getting an F.

You're a smart boy.

-But you both can do better.

-I'm doing the best I can, Mother.

-How? I don't know how.

-Well, I don't know how.

We're just gonna have to use

our imagination.

I don't got one.

Of course you do.

everybody got an imagination.

-Not me.

-Of course you do.

Listen to me. If I say,

''Once upon a time,

there was a little blue mouse,''

don't you see a little blue mouse?



-Mother, my brain's too dumb.

-Boy, your brain ain't dumb.

It is, Mom.

You got all the world in here.

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John Pielmeier

John Pielmeier was born on February 23, 1949 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Agnes of God (1985), Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009). more…

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