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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

 -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  16 May 1950 (USA)
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

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Cast

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Jackie Robinson ...
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Minor Watson ...
Louise Beavers ...
Jackie's Mother
Richard Lane ...
Harry Shannon ...
Frank Shaughnessy
Ben Lessy ...
Shorty
William 'Bill' Spaulding ...
Bill Spaulding (as Bill Spaulding)
Billy Wayne ...
Joel Fluellen ...
Mack Robinson
Bernie Hamilton ...
Ernie
Kenny Washington ...
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Karpen
Larry McGrath ...
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Emmett Smith ...
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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You'll HIT With Him! You'll RUN With Him! You'll SLIDE With Him!

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16 May 1950 (USA)  »

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A História de Jackie Robinson  »

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The movie ends with voiceover narration from an uncredited narrator who says that the Jackie Robinson Story could only happen in a country which is truly free, and where any child can grow up to be President, 58 years before the first non-Caucasian was finally elected President, more than 36 years after the death of Jackie Robinson. See more »

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Late 1940's cars can clearly be seen in the 1928 scenes. See more »

Quotes

Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: A box score - you know a box score is really democratic, Jackie. It doesn't say how big you are or how your father voted in the last election or what church you attend. It just tells you what kind of a ballplayer you were that day.
Jackie Robinson: Well, isn't that what counts?
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: It's all that ought to count, and maybe someday it's all that will count.
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Referenced in Sanford and Son: Ol' Brown Eyes (1974) See more »

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That's the real Jackie
14 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I grew up at a time after Jackie played so I couldn't experience Jackie enough because he died before his time, This film is a chance to see and hear a very important man. This film makes the man more real to me. It's not so much for entertainment as it is for posterity. How many other films will you find with the real Jackie Robinson in it? The quality of the film is secondary to having a visual account of such an important man. The baseball sequences are reenacted but that is Jackie swinging at the ball and running the bases. I could care less if the film was good or not. Direction, editing, even acting are of little consequence. For the record, it's not great but it's okay.


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