Florence Nightingale

DVD Release: May 5, 2009
Florence Nightingale


This stirring drama is based on the life of Florence Nightingale, an aristocratic woman who defied Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today. After volunteering to travel to Scutari to care for the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War, she was scorned by her community and faced great opposition for her new way of thinking. However, through her selfless acts of caring, she quickly became known as “The Lady with the Lamp,” the caring nurse whose shadow softened those wounded. From Emmy® Award-winning director Daryl Duke (TV’s “The Thorn Birds”) and writers Ivan Moffat and Rose Leiman Goldemberg (TV’s “The Burning Bed”) comes the classic TV movie starring Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton and Jeremy Brett, now available for the first time on DVD.

Dove Review

This is a story about one of the finest ladies in history, Florence Nightingale. It features an interesting look at this English woman who tended to the sick along with the soldiers of the battle field. With her strong will and conviction she pressed forward in a time when they thought it unfit for a lady to do such work as nursing. Florence helped to make changes that today are taken for granted. She cared deeply for the poor.

Dove awards the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD.

Content Description

Sex: Couple kiss; comment about a woman using her "back side" for money.
Language: God used in reverence; Hell used as a place; woman calls another "slut".
Violence: Couple yelling at one another; battle scenes; explosions; bloody men with wounds; screaming man wants leg amputated; two women fight.
Drugs: Drinking champagne and wine.
Nudity: None
Other: Discrimination of poor and soldiers; disrespect.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 140 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe