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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.


Aviva Kempner


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





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


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






Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Жизнь и времена Хэнка Гринберга See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,371, 21 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,703,901, 29 October 2000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ciesla Foundation See more »
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Technical Specs



Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Did You Know?


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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Grand Slam Treatment
23 February 2000 | by MuteMaeSee all my reviews

A sprightly, lovingly researched, rather misty eyed sports documentary that steeped in ethnic pride. At first the movie is inspiring in a conventional, hero-treads-a-national-icon way. Greenberg, the towering Jewish slugger from the Bronx, joins the Detroit Tigers as a first baseman in the early '30s and becomes a power-hitting warhorse, leading the team from one World Series to the next.

Greenberg defines the image of fearless, cleft-chinned American invincibility.

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