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Keith David ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 2016
Jamie Foxx ...  Jackie Robinson 2 episodes, 2016
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Jackie Robinson's life story from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972 as told by filmmakers Sarah Burns, David McMahon and Ken Burns in a four hour documentary. Robinson rises from humble beginnings to break the color barrier in the Major League Baseball. Robinson's on the field contributions over a ten year career transform the Dodgers into perennial contenders; while his courage and accomplishments advance the civil rights movement off the field. After baseball, as both a both a businessman and leader, Robinson tirelessly fights inequality and discrimination. Interwoven into the story is how Robinson's family life and marriage shaped the man who would became an American icon. Written by urbanemovies

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Much more complete than the prior movies
13 April 2016 | by steve-575See all my reviews

Ken Burns hits a home run with this documentary chronicling the life of Jackie Robinson. This PBS documentary is about as complete of a biography as you will see on the baseball legend. It includes rare footage from Jackie's playing career, interviews with friends, teammates and family (including Jackie's 93 year-old widow), and clips from Jackie's post-career endeavors.

Unlike the previous movies and biographies, the documentary highlights Jackie's failures as well as his triumphs. While "42" was a terrific movie, it only focused on Jackie's early career when he broke the color barrier and the short time following it. This documentary highlights the years following Jackie's breakthrough where he became much more outspoken and ruffled many feathers among teammates and media members. It also documents Jackie's post playing career where he faced a backlash due to his political views and had a strained relationship with his eldest son who preceded him in death. While most people would have been satisfied with a place in baseball history and a peaceful retirement, Jackie continued the fight for black civil rights even as his health took a turn for the worst. Younger athletes like Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown were becoming the voice of the 1960s civil rights movement and Jackie's influence began to fade. As with the case of many legends, Jackie's impact was not fully realized until many years after his death.

In the end, this 4-hour journey helps to establish a more human perspective of Jackie Robinson's life while not tarnishing his legacy.


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