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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.

Director:

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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Did You Know?

Quotes

Hank Greenberg: You only remember the ones you lost.
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Connections

Features Brooklyn Bridge (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Irving Mills
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing
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the best documentary I've ever seen
13 February 2000 | by geoff-39See all my reviews

I'm not American, I'm not Jewish, and I don't like (or understand) baseball. But this film is perfect. For the first time, I can understand the connection between baseball and the American psyche. Every American kid (of any age) should see this. Thank you, Aviva.


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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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