Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Theatrical Release: February 7, 2009
DVD Release: September 8, 2009
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story


A frustrated young boy with problems in school overcomes the obstacles in his life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon in the movie GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY. This uplifting and inspirational story that stars Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and two-time NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise (The Great Debaters, The Manchurian Candidate). It is based on the true story of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, whose lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a best-selling author and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dove Review

Here’s the good news: this movie brings you to the edge of your seat at times and you will want to see what happens next. The bad news is that it contains strong language outside of Dove’s recommendation. Based on the true story of a world renown Pediatric Neurosurgeon, this story tells how one young man overcomes many obstacles to prove that with faith and encouragement anything is possible. Raised in a time when prejudices were voiced at every turn, this young man shows that you can get beyond any challenge if you want to, though hard work.

This is a very encouraging movie promoting believing in miracles, yourself and in others. There are many wonderful faith-based messages in this movie. Due to a profanity it has been awarded the Dove “Faith Based” Seal with a caution for language. See content chart below.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Couple kiss, married couple in bed.
Language: "Go To H"-1; References to God all done with reverence.
Violence: Kids making fun of boy; boy punches another, boy calls his brother dummy; mother discusses thoughts of suicide, boy buys knife, boy fights with mother and threatens her with hammer, boy loses temper; boy tries to stab another with knife, bloody sheets on a bed.
Drugs: Boy with cigarette behind ear; hospital scenes.
Nudity: None
Other: Mother lies to sons as to where she is going; woman makes a racial statement; boy is disrespectful toward mother; doctor makes racial slur to young doctor; scenes of operation room with blood and internal body parts.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Thomas Carter
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe