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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

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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.

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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

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | March 12, 2013
TV Guide

Movie's main asset is that Robinson plays himself.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

One of the most sincere sports biopics.

Full Review… | October 9, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lackluster production but great central baseball hero.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Jackie Robinson Story

Having the barrier-breaker portray himself is an excellent touch. However, from reel one onward, the film feels rushed and the acting (except Robinson's) is unnatural.

Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown

I have to appreciate this film because it made an effort to tell this incredible story with the only actor who could do it justice and that would be Jackie Robinson himself. The film is not extraordinary (I prefer The Pride of the Yankees) but nevertheless it is important all the same because of what number 42 did for baseball and american society. He is a true hero who deserves recognition and he is close to my heart as a Dodger. I am hopeful that 42 will be a respectable adaption of his story because Jackie Robinson deserves it.

Four Star Film Fan
Four Star Film Fan

Jackie Robinson playing himself is what most critics say benefits the movie. I happen to think the opposite. If I were portraying myself in a movie, I'd never want to do it in such a pathetic manner, whether it was true or not.

Thomas Stoneham
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