The Jackie Robinson Story

1950, Biography, 1h 16m

8 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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After a successful baseball career in college and as a coach in the military, Jackie Robinson (playing himself) attracts the attention of Major League Baseball's Branch Rickey (Minor Watson). Rickey wants Robinson to play in the minor leagues, believing he can become the first player to break the color barrier and play in the majors. The only catch: He is forbidden from defending himself against racial bigotry. Supported by his wife (Ruby Dee), Robinson is steadfast in his determination to win.

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Jackie Robinson
Self
Ruby Dee
Rae Robinson
Minor Watson
Branch Rickey
Louise Beavers
Jackie's Mother
Richard Lane
Clay Hopper
Harry Shannon
Frank Shaughnessy
Billy Wayne
Clyde Sukeforth
Joel Fluellen
Mack Robinson
Kenny Washington
Tigers Manager
Emmett Smith
Catcher
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Critic Reviews for The Jackie Robinson Story

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Audience Reviews for The Jackie Robinson Story

  • Sep 16, 2018
    While Jackie Robinson is not an entertainment professional this film is beyond price as one can get a sense of the man who - together with Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers - broke the color bar in baseball. While not a performer, the INCREDIBLE humility is there to see for anyone who wonders about the soul who conquered over the immense HATRED rendered to prevent him playing a silly ball game. What one is not shown is the other side of the coin, the hatred rendered. That part, the really ugly part, is cleaned up and sanitized, and downplayed, like advertising a monster movie wherein the villain doesn't show. And so the point of the work is, umm, strategically avoided. But Jack ... is still great.
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  • Sep 17, 2007
    Jackie Robinson is one of my all time sports heroes. Yes, the man was a great baseball player, but it's what he did off the field that will forever make him a legend in my eyes. Before I saw this film I could only imagine what it must have been like to be the ONLY black player in major league baseball. Unfortunately, after I saw this film I could still only imagine what it must have been like. The Jackie Robinson Story, the movie, is a product of its day. This one is melodramatic, at times sentimental, and not very accurate. To say this one pulls punches would be an understatement. What Jackie had to endure was a thousand times worse than anything depicted here. Still, it offers a glimpse into the socio-political climate of America in the 1930's & 40's even if it is sugarcoated and toned down.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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