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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)

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The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues.

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Aviva Kempner

Writer:

Aviva Kempner
12 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reeve Brenner Reeve Brenner ... Self - interviewee (as Rabbi Reeve Brenner)
Hank Greenberg Hank Greenberg ... Self (archive footage)
Walter Matthau ... Self - interviewee
Alan Dershowitz ... Self - interviewee
Carl Levin ... Self - interviewee (as Senator Carl Levin)
Stephen Greenberg Stephen Greenberg ... Self - interviewee
Joseph Greenberg Joseph Greenberg ... Self - interviewee (as Joe Greenberg)
Max Ticktin Max Ticktin ... Self - interviewee (as Rabbi Max Ticktin)
Bill Mead Bill Mead ... Self - interviewee
Lou Gehrig ... Self (archive footage)
Basil 'Mickey' Briggs Basil 'Mickey' Briggs ... Self - interviewee
Don Shapiro Don Shapiro ... Self - interviewee
Bert Gordon Bert Gordon ... Self - interviewee
Joe Falls Joe Falls ... Self - interviewee
Henry Ford ... Self (archive footage)
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Storyline

The story of Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg is told through archival film footage and interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish fans, his former teammates, his friends, and his family. As a great first baseman with the Detroit Tigers, Greenberg endured antisemitism and became a hero and source of inspiration throughout the Jewish community, not incidentally leading the Tigers to Major League dominance in the 1930s. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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When America Needed Heroes, A Jewish Slugger Stepped To The Plate.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language
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Dick Schaap: The first day that Hank was in the army, he and the other recruits were lined up and the sergeant immediately began spouting some anti-Semitic remarks like "I don't want no Goldbergs and no Cohns in my unit." Whereupon Hank raised his hand and says "My name is Greenberg." and he looks at Hank 6-3, 6-4, 200, 230, he says "I didn't say anything about Greenbergs."
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Connections

Features Going My Way (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Air Mail Special
Written by Benny Goodman, Jim Mundy (as Jimmie Mundy), and Charlie Christian
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Nichevo Records, Rytvoc Inc., and Rat Bag Music Publishing
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User Reviews

 
Very Watchable Story of a Great Ballplayer.
2 January 2003 | by Metaldude61See all my reviews

I bought this DVD because of my life-long passion for baseball history, not as someone interested in seeing a story about a Jewish ballplayer. I am always interested in knowing more about these baseball greats of the past, and this documentary did include facts and stories that I did not know, and I enjoyed the interviews of other ballplayers of the same era. Some were greats of the game as well, some were not, but it is wonderful to put a face and a voice to the photos and stats I grew up memorizing as a kid. The documentary was trying so hard to be an exact copy of the Ken Burns style of film making, so much though that it does serve as a distraction, a feeling of unoriginality dimmishes what could have been a great documentary. With that complaint asside, I felt it succeeded in conveying the whole person behind the Stats, behind the Legend, and the WWII Veteran. 8/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,675, 17 January 2000

Gross USA:

$1,712,385

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,712,385
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ciesla Foundation See more »
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Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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