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Soul of the Game (1996)

Black baseball greats, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, vie to be the first afro-American major leaguer, only to see the outspoken rookie, Jackie Robinson, be chosen.

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Gary Hoffman (story), David Himmelstein (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delroy Lindo ... Satchel Paige
Mykelti Williamson ... Josh Gibson
Edward Herrmann ... Branch Rickey
Blair Underwood ... Jackie Robinson
R. Lee Ermey ... Wilkie
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Lahoma (as Salli Richardson)
Gina Ravera ... Grace
Obba Babatundé ... Cum Posey
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Zo Perry
J.D. Hall ... Gus Greenlee
Jerry Hardin ... Happy Chandler
Brent Jennings ... Frank Duncan
Richard Riehle ... Pete Harmon
Armand Asselin Armand Asselin ... Rip
Joey Banks Joey Banks ... Link Rudolph
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Storyline

Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are the greatest players in the Colored leagues, and everyone expects that one of them will make the leap to the Major Leagues, now that there is talk of integration. But, unexpectedly, it's the rookie with the army record, Jackie Robinson, that gets tapped to be the first. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sensuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baseball in Black and White See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, Alabama, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In distant shots of Satchel Paige on the pitching mound, it is obviously a much younger (and bald) stand-in for Delroy Lindo. See more »

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Referenced in The 18th Annual CableACE Awards (1996) See more »

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Waiting for the Spike Lee bio of Jackie Robinson
25 August 2000 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

Everybody knows that director Spike Lee wants to make a film about Jackie Robinson, and he's probably the best man to do it. While we are waiting, here we have an honest TV movie about the early days of Robinson un pro baseball. The film shows us the two greatest athletes of the Black Men Baseball league, Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige. I think it's a bit sad to portray these men with foolish minds, always tryin' to have some fun, because I'm sure that discipline was necessary to them to be so excellent on the field. Anyway, I think this movie is entertaining, well done and it can be a good filler while we're waiting for Mr. Spike Lee epic.


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