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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 June 1953 (Australia)
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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Shorty
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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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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12 June 1953 (Australia)  »

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A História de Jackie Robinson  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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

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Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: We're tackling something big here, Jackie. If we fail, no one will try it again for twenty years. But if we succeed...
Clyde Sukeforth, Dodger Scout: If we succeed, Brooklyn will win a pennant.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: Yes, that too. But we're dealing with rights here. The right of any American to play baseball, the American game. You think he's our boy, Clyde?
Clyde Sukeforth, Dodger Scout: Well, he can run, he can hit, and he can field.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: But can he take it?
Clyde Sukeforth, Dodger Scout: That I don't know.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: What do you think, Jackie?
Jackie Robinson: Well, I can try.
Branch Rickey, President Brooklyn Dodgers: Think you've got guts enough to play the game no matter what...
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Done on the cheap, but good nonetheless
24 June 2005 | by (Humboldt County, Calif.) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the most cheaply made movies I have ever seen. But it is a good movie anyway, well worth a few bucks to rent and an hour and fifteen minutes of couch time. Jackie Robinson does a decent job as an actor. Hollywood should remake this film because today it can be told with more truth than back in 1950. A remake would be able to graphically detail just what Robinson had to put up with to break the color barrier in baseball. The only thing that really bothered me about this film is that it made a hero out of Branch Rickey. Maybe Rickey deserves such status for seeing it through with Robinson, but I don't think his motives were as altruistic as portrayed in this movie.


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