The Jackie Robinson Story

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The Jackie Robinson Story

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This documentary chronicles the life of Jackie Robinson, the first African American professional baseball player. Robinson's courage of conviction and the support of his family and friends enabled him to cross the color barrier in baseball, Robinson challenged his critics and the naysayers to accept him as he was: a man, an athlete, and a very talented baseball player. This bio-picture stars Jackie Robinson and features his story of working his way through the Negro Leagues and entering Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson shined in his career and established himself as a role model for other athletes that followed. This motion picture also stars the very talented Ruby Dee as Nancy Robinson.

Cast

Ruby Dee
as Rachel Robinson
Minor Watson
as Branch Rickey
Louise Beavers
as Mrs. Robinson
Ben Lessy
as Shorty
Bill Spaulding
as Bill Spaulding
Billy Wayne
as Clyde Sukeforth
Joel Fluellen
as Mack Robinson
Kenny Washington
as Tigers' Manager
Howard Louis MacNeely
as Jackie as a boy
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Critic Reviews for The Jackie Robinson Story

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  • The best thing about the movie is Jackie Robinson himself, playing the title role. Burdened with some lines and situations that would weigh heavily on a professional actor, he gives a remarkably natural performance.

    Mar 21, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • Here the simple story of Mr. Robinson's trail-blazing career is re-enacted with manifest fidelity and conspicuous dramatic restraint. And Mr. Robinson displays a calm assurance and composure that might be envied by many a Hollywood star.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Though [Robinson] was a better infielder than he was an actor, anyone who loves baseball will be intrigued by the story of the determined man who broke the color barrier in the major leagues.

    Mar 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Movie's main asset is that Robinson plays himself.

    Dec 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the most sincere sports biopics.

    Oct 9, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Lackluster production but great central baseball hero.

    Oct 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • 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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