The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

1999, Documentary/Biography, 1h 29m

65 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is an affectionate, often very funny portrait of a baseball pioneer. Read critic reviews

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"The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" is a humorous and nostalgic documentary about an extraordinary baseball player who transcended religious prejudice to become an American icon. Detroit Tiger Hammerin Hank's accomplishments during the Golden Age of Baseball rivaled those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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Alan Dershowitz
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Kenesaw M. Landis
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Carl Levin
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Hal Newhouser
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Shirley Povich
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Ari Daniel Pinchot
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Jerry Feldman
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Kevin Hewitt
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Tom Hurwitz
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Tom Kaufman
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Christopher Li
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Scott Mumford
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Ira Spiegel
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Benny Goodman
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Charlie Christian
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Jim Mundy
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Critic Reviews for The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (2)

  • It's an adroit manipulation of interviews and stock footage, mostly along the lines of establishing not so much what Hammerin' Hank did for himself, but what he meant to American Jews.

    May 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Kempner demonstrates how the star's success and dignified bearing inspired a generation of Jews to fight through the ethnic barriers in all fields.

    May 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Aviva Kempner crafted this love letter to Greenberg by imaginatively weaving interviews with great footage from newsreels and feature films.

    May 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Aviva Kempner hits a grand slam in her thrilling documentary about baseball, about a great baseball player, about Jews in America and about the country itself in the 1930s and 1940s.

    March 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a gem of a baseball documentary because it illuminates what the Hall of Famer's splendid career meant away from the ballpark.

    March 19, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Aviva Kempner's warm and intelligent mash note to a man who clearly deserved it.

    March 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's an adroit manipulation of interviews and stock footage, mostly along the lines of establishing not so much what Hammerin' Hank did for himself, but what he meant to American Jews.

    May 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Kempner demonstrates how the star's success and dignified bearing inspired a generation of Jews to fight through the ethnic barriers in all fields.

    May 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Aviva Kempner crafted this love letter to Greenberg by imaginatively weaving interviews with great footage from newsreels and feature films.

    May 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Aviva Kempner hits a grand slam in her thrilling documentary about baseball, about a great baseball player, about Jews in America and about the country itself in the 1930s and 1940s.

    March 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Former Detroiter Kempner infuses her portrait of Hank Greenberg with such a joie de vivre that it's a delight for the already converted and nonsports fans alike.

    May 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is precisely what a documentary ought to be: engaging and revelatory, turning forgotten footnotes and discarded minutiae into the stuff of riveting drama and poignant laughs.

    May 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

  • May 31, 2010
    Hank Greenberg was good enough to have me commemorate his career on my pretend baseball hall of fame. Not that I had ever seen him play but his stats seemed impressive. Not the legend that Ruth was probably because he played in Detroit, Greenberg's story is very memorable. Likely inspired Jewish stars like Sandy Koufax in the next generation.
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