Born on May 9th, 1936
From Birkenhead, England
Andrei Sakharov (Jason Robards) is an acclaimed nuclear physicist living in Moscow. Though he leads the development of Russia's hydrogen bomb, Andrei becomes politically disillusioned as tensions between the U.S.S.R. and the United States continue to rise. He willfully jeopardizes his career by speaking out against his government's oppression of the Russian people, and is eventually demoted. Unfazed, Andrei publishes essays critical of the Soviet government, and is exiled to a small city.
This movie is based on the true story of American actress Patricia Neal (Glenda Jackson), who suffers a series of strokes while pregnant. Under the guidance of her husband, renowned English author Roald Dahl (Dirk Bogarde), Neal begins to heal, but it seems unlikely that she will fully regain her ability to speak and walk. Remarkably, Neal makes significant progress, in part due to Dahl's prodding, and she also manages to keep her unborn daughter healthy.
For a poet with a gift for crafting words into barbs, Stevie Smith (Glenda Jackson) lives a relatively conventional life. Sheltered in a London suburb, she spends her days engaged in tedious housework, crafting verse and conversing with her aunt (Mona Washbourne). But while her body may be committed to drudgery, Stevie's mind is constantly trying to break free, which causes her to rail against religion and middle-class values, and prevents her from finding happiness with a man interested in her.