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½ November 8, 2017
Jackie Robinson (1950)

I find it interesting hearing how Jackie Robins sounds in real life or how the details are a little different from 42 even on what details they decide to focus on emphasizing or decided not to emphasis.

I am surprised how the baseball game is shot in such a way to see such a minimal amount of the crowd. The fact that this film was trying to avoid shooting the crowd made the way they shot the baseball sequences with the angles a bit boring because they decided not to show the game as much as focused on some of the less interesting elements.

I think it is interesting how early this filmed after Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers. The film was released in January of 1950.

I think it is interesting how or which insults they wanted to focus on like come shine my shoes or something to do with Watermelon.

One thing that stood out to me was they were using similar if not exact music which I have heard before in the T.V. Show Leave it to Beaver. It made me wonder if the music is by the same composer or if they were borrowing music from each other.

I think this film was not that entertaining compared to the film 42 but it was interesting seeing the choices, lighting is different or what was and was not emphasized in both films.

This film made a stronger emphasis on Jackie Robinson's mother and brother and a little bit on his wife but not with a lot of depth or in the same way as 42 does. Where as in the film 42 a stronger emphasis is made on Jackie Robinson's relationship with his wife and a little bit on his son.

Both films hit on the relationship with Branch Ricky and Jackie Robinson but not in the same way or as in depth as 42.

This film hardly touches on the relationship of Jackie Robinson and his fellow players.

A stronger emphasis is made on focusing towards church and talking to his pastor but 42 emphasis more on how Branch Ricky and Jackie Robinson were both Methodist which I found interesting.
June 2, 2017
Subject matter is 5 stars, the movie itself, 3. It was fun to see this the day after Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson Day, and I'm glad I saw the black and white version, and not the colorized one! Super cool to see Jackie playing himself, and during his playing career no less! I've always loved his voice! And it was also super cool to see a young Ruby Dee playing his wife! What a lucky guy! I've always thought Rachel Robinson was one of the most beautiful women in the world, and Jackie gets another gorgeous lady to play his wife in a movie! What I didn't like about the film was how it was put together. Lots of short, choppy scenes that were very uneven and herky jerky. And the ends of many of those scenes were just awkwardly done. Very disruptive to the storytelling, in my opinion. But watching Jackie was well worth it, and I'm glad I finally watched this! And little things like having the umpire behind the pitcher made me appreciate the gams of baseball and its long, long history.
January 6, 2015
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.
April 18, 2013
Hokey but in the best possible way. This is a good old-fashioned American movie about America's pastime's role in the American Dream. Powerful stuff.
April 6, 2013
I wish I could bring the Dodgers back to Brooklynn and give them that intimate home time feel back to Brooklynn Sincerely Sgt. Mark Braden
February 16, 2013
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.
October 13, 2012
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.
May 25, 2012
First black man allowed to play professional baseball.
April 18, 2012
awesome bio-pic starring the man himself playing himself like audie murphy played himself in 'to hell and back'
April 18, 2012
Jackie Robinson played himself in this 1950 movie. Not. Only a great ball player Robinson played football & basketball in college.
February 3, 2012
"The Jackie Robinson Story" falls flat in comparison to most other baseball films out there, fictional or non-fictional. I respect the fact that Jackie Robinson played himself in the lead role, but that is the only reason that I gave this movie a chance. It does feel a bit gimmicky since his acting is expectedly below Hollywood standards and this definitely seemed more like a made-for-tv movie than something that people paid to see in the theaters. His story is an amazing one, but it feels very rushed with its 76-minute runtime. This film is an important preservation of history and the racism that our country once faced, but if I were recommending a baseball film, this wouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as "Pride of the Yankees" or "Field of Dreams."
December 27, 2011
Super bad film quality and cheesy acting but still a decent tale of Jackie and the hardships he faced played pro baseball in the all white era.
½ July 15, 2011
Love this. Watch this
½ July 10, 2011
Watching this now. Great biodrama staring Jackie Robinson and Ruby Dee.
July 3, 2011
The person who thought Jackie Robinson would make a good actor should be taken out back and shot.
July 3, 2011
The person who thought Jackie Robinson would make a good actor should be taken out back and shot.
April 3, 2010
First black man allowed to play professional baseball.
½ July 4, 2009
Great story about Jackie Robinson... interesting version... I had to remember it was released iin 1950. Racial aspect surely paled to the reality he faced. It was strange seeing him play himself as a young man. Woulda been nice if they'd mentioned Pee Wee Reese & showed some actual game footage. Found the DVD it in a discount bin... worth it.
December 12, 2008
jackie Robinson plays Jackie Robinson in this true Jackie Robinson story about Jackie Robinson.
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