Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
- 1 hr 26 min
Gifted Hands is a movie based on the life of neurosurgeon, Ben Carson. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. As the movie begins Dr. Carson is in consultation with a young German couple who has conjoined twins. The twins are joined at the skull and present a difficult challenge for Dr. Carson. The movie flashes back to a young Ben and his brother, Curtis, who were products of a single parent home. Ben’s mother, Sonya, is a very caring lady who wants the best for her boys. Sonya’s illiteracy is established early in the movie when Ben requests assistance reading. His mother disguises her inability to read by pretending she is unable to see the pages of the book. Sonya has personal problems that forced her to spend time away from home in a hospital. During her absence and upon her return, Ben and Curtis develop a love for reading, classical music and educational television programming. Over time the boys maintain their commitment to education. Of note is a scene in the movie that depicts Ben receiving an achievement award over his white counterparts. Even though a majority of the staff and students applaud Ben’s achievement, one educator expresses her disgust with white children who were beaten by Ben in pursuit of the award. Sonya eventually moves her boys to another school. Ben is teased and bullied by several other teens until he stands up for himself. Ben eventually befriends his tormentors who quickly become allies. However, the negative influence leads to a short-tempered Ben who physically threatens his mother with a hammer and attempts to stab his friend. This behavior changes Ben’s life and we eventually see an adult Ben in college where he meets his future wife. She helps him figure his most effective learning method that eventually gives rise to a successful hospital residency and career as a neurosurgeon. During this time, Ben makes a decision to perform an unauthorized lifesaving surgery. His wife suffers a miscarriage. We are eventually transitioned back to the opening scene. Ben and a team of doctors perform the grueling surgery to safely separate the conjoined twins. The movie ends with a crowd of reports eager to hear the success of the surgery.