Soul of the Game (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Soul of the Game (1996)




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The true story of baseball's early days of racial integration is told in this made-for-cable movie. Blair Underwood stars as the young Jackie Robinson, who surprised everyone -- both the white sporting fans and his fellow Negro-league players --- and became the first African-American baseball player to reach the major leagues. Co-star Delroy Lindo, Underwood, and the film itself were all nominated for Image Awards.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Himmelstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2001
HBO Video


Delroy Lindo
as Satchel Paige
Mykelti Williamson
as Josh Gibson
Blair Underwood
as Jackie Robinson
Edward Herrmann
as Branch Rickey
R. Lee Ermey
as Wilkie Wilkinson
Cylk Cozart
as Zo Perry
Obba Babatundé
as Cumberland Posey
Brent Jennings
as Frank Duncan
J.D. Hall
as Gus Greenlee
Jerry Hardin
as Happy Chandler
Richard Riehle
as Pete Harmon
Jon Maynard Pennell
as Steve Buckley
Joe Banks
as Link Rudolph
Paul Bates
as Orderly #1
Bruce Beatty
as Reporter
Guy Boyd
as Clark Griffith
Gregg Burge
as Bill Robinson
Jesse D. Goins
as John Givens Reporter
David Johnson
as Roy Campanella
Bob Minor
as Goon #2
Lou Richards
as Radio Announcer
Terrence Riggins
as Orderly #2
Oscar Williams
as Grays Manager
Joseph Latimore
as Jesse Williams
Ed Cambridge
as Bellhop
Isaiah Washington
as Adult Willie Mays
C. David Johnson
as Roy Campanella
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Critic Reviews for Soul of the Game

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Akin to a bloop single: it's not pretty but it gets the job done, even if only for a little bit.

Full Review… | August 1, 2010

A great story told in a great way.

April 15, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Baseball fans will appreciate it far more than non-fans, and it's worth a look for the history despite the awkwardly forced cinematic moments

Full Review… | February 17, 2002
Old School Reviews

November 3, 2005

July 27, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Soul of the Game

Perfectly acted film that explores the potential candidates to break The Color Line in Major League Baseball. Of course, we know it will be Jackie Robinson (Blair Underwood) that Branch Rickey (Edward Herrmann) will handpick. The rivalry and friendship shared between Robinson, Satchel Paige (Delroy Lindo), and Josh Gibson (Mikelti Williamson) are what really moves this historical drama. Even a non-baseball fan should be entertained by this HBO production.

Soul of the Game Quotes

Jackie Robinson: Don't you want someone strong enough to fight back?
Branch Rickey: I want someone strong enough not too.
– Submitted by russell b (9 months ago)

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