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Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (1981)

Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard A. Colla

Writers:

Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (autobiography Maybe I'll Pitch Forever), Ronald Rubin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Leroy 'Satchel' Paige
Beverly Todd ... Lahoma Brown
Cleavon Little ... Rabbit
Ernie Barnes Ernie Barnes ... Josh Gibson
Clifton Davis ... Cool Papa Bell
Hal Williams ... Roberts
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Announcer
John Beradino ... Jake Wells
Jim Davis ... Mr. Wilkenson
Ossie Davis ... Chuffy Russell
Tonea Stewart ... Mama Paige (as Tommie Stewart)
J.R. Horne J.R. Horne ... Mr. Andrews
Donnie Walker Donnie Walker ... Sugar Boy Porter
Don Blakely ... Bartender
Candy Ann Brown ... Ramona
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Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for Negroes, to his highs and lows in baseball, and in his personal life. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Leroy 'Satchel' Paige See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Davis' final film. See more »

Goofs

Right after a White Sox player steals a home run from Josh Gibson, Charlie Gehringer is said to hit a ball into left-center field. We see the ball hit in that direction, the outfielder break to the camera's left, but when he fields the ball and throws home, a foul line (the Right field foul line) is to his right, and as the runner from first scores, the ball comes from the first base side (Right field) to the catcher. See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Look Back
(Title Song)
Music by Jack Elliott
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Andrae Crouch
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Skip This Movie And Read The Book Instead
6 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Boy, here's a classic case of a book being far better than the ensuing movie. Paige's autobiography was entertaining and both informative and humorous.

This film, thanks to a few things like actors who have no clue how to throw or hit a baseball, make the story lose credibility. Lou Gossett, playing Paige, can't throw which kind of hurts since Paige was a pitcher! Duh!! All-time great Negro League hitter Josh Gibson (Ernie Barnes), the "Babe Ruth" of his league, looks like a Little Leaguer with his horrible swing.

Meanwhile, the romance and the prejudice angles are all way out of proportion to Paige's book. Skip this film; read the book. It's far, far better.


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