Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
In 1946, Jackie Robinson is a Negro League baseball player who never takes racism lying down. Branch Rickey is a Major League team executive with a bold idea. To that end, Rickey recruits Robinson to break the unspoken color line as the first modern African American Major League player. As both anticipate, this proves a major challenge for Robinson and his family as they endure unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from player and fan alike. As Jackie struggles against his nature to endure such abuse without complaint, he finds allies and hope where he least expects it. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The film broke the record for highest box office opening weekend by a baseball movie. The previous record holder was 2006's The Benchwarmers (2006). See more »
When the Dodgers are batting at home against the Cardinals late in the season, Red Barber announces that it is the top of the 11th inning. Since the Dodgers are at bat, it has to be the bottom of the 11th inning. See more »
You want a player who doesn't have the guts to fight back?
No. I want a player who's got the guts *not* to fight back.
You give me a uniform, you give me a number on my back, I'll give you the guts.
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Straighten Up And Fly Right
Written by Nat 'King' Cole and Irving Mills
Performed by Nat King Cole Trio
Courtesy of King Cole Productions/Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music See more »
You probably think this film is completely focused on the story of Jackie Robinson. That is definitely not the case, as this film finds balance between the story of Robinson, baseball, and segregation. And this film succeeds in depicting all three aspects to bring a powerful, heartwarming, humorous film. The casting is great. Every actor fits his or her character perfectly. Harrison Ford does an amazing job portraying his character with his no- nonsense humorous attitude. He has a good chance of grabbing an academy award nomination for this roll. This is one of those movies that takes you for an emotional thrill ride. You feel for the Robinson. You want him to win. And you rejoice when he does. So sit back and let the film drag you in; it's worth your time.
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