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Jackie Robinson 

Documentary chronicles the personal and professional life of Jackie Robinson from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972. Robinson's rise from humble beginnings to became an American hero and pivotal figure in American history are detailed.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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11 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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informative bio of legend
13 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ken Burns brings a two-part four-hour documentary on the life of legendary baseball hero Jackie Robinson. He faced racism in Pasadena as well as his Olympian brother. His Army tour is derailed by a court martial. It looks at his groundbreaking role in the major leagues and his life after baseball especially his role in the civil rights movement as a Rockefeller Republican.

This is a solid in-depth look at his life. He is popularly seen as the stoic representation of the saintly hard-working black man who faced down unrelenting racism with class and perseverance. This documentary adds on top of the popular myth with his unending, fierce, and unquiet battles with racism. The image is a strain and an incomplete construct. Honestly, I never knew about Jackie's brother's amazing story. The main thing missing is Jackie Robinson's own voice in his early life. He has limited recordings and overwhelmed by the aura that he himself created during that time. This has the Ken Burns style with the constant narration. It is certainly a good basis to get a fuller understanding of the man more than the superficial image.


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