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The first point that i'd like to make is that it would be very easy to look at this film as a glossed over historical account of Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. The film is not that although three of the main characters are certainly based upon those great men. For a more historical recount, albeit with some dramatic license, I would recommend HBO's fine Soul of the Game.
I think it's difficult for many in my generation (under 40) to really appreciate the struggles and agony that most black americans endured just a short time ago in our history. This film however does a fabulous job of weaving the reality of barnstorming with the joy, athleticism and sorrow that was Negro League Baseball in addition to the pervasive racism that flourished throughout america at that time. For that alone it shouldn't be missed.
All that notwithstanding it's a fabulous entertainment. Richard Pryor is as always hiliarious. The script is very well written. At times emphasizing comedy, drama, triumph, tragedy and most importantly sufficiently representing the atmosphere and culture of much of black america at that time. But it's the performances of Billy Dee and James Earl that really raise the film from just fine storytelling to the level of social commentary and criticsm.
You'll laugh, strut, rage, and ultimately cry at this beautiful film.
for The Brooklyn Dodgers, thereby dooming the segregated leagues which used black players only. Obviously the correct and proper thing to do,
it nevertheless ended a wonderful baseball era where visiting teams would invariably destroy any local all-white team they would play. The over-all
atmosphere displayed by the crowd and all of the players was one of pure enjoyment and admiration towards the amazing abilities shown by the
visiting team members. The spectator seating was, to be sure, shamefully segregated, but the cheers and delight shown was totally uniform!
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Watched the movie with my family and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I was educating my sons on the Negro Leagues and how it used to be during this time for Negro athletes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Love to Scrap
I've looked for this movie for yrs. my son said "go on Amazon Mommy. They have everything. I've watched it 20x'sPublished 3 months ago by Pinky O
Good times!! I remember this when i was a child, and slicked my hair back like Bingo. Lol. Who.. wanta.. see.. my invite pitch.Published 3 months ago by Vance Lovell
I am glad I ordered this movie and am satisfied about the fact that no part of the movie is skipping.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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