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Jackie Robinson
Widescreen version.
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (approximately 240 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:

Originally broadcast as a television documentary in 2016.

Special features: The Anderson Monarchs; outtakes; a conversation with the filmmakers.
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Jackie Robinson (Television program : 2016)
Tells of the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a sharecropper's son who elevated an entire race and country when he broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947. The film illuminates Robinson's place as a leader and icon of the civil rights movement whose exemplary life and aspirational message of equality continues to inspire generations of Americans. Includes interviews with family members and rarely-seen photographs and film footage.
System Details:
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround (English) and stereo (Spanish).
Language Note:
English and Spanish language tracks; with optional English and Spanish subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH); audio-described in English.


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Nonfiction DVD DVD 921 ROBINSON 2 DISCS 1 1

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Master documentarian Ken Burns turns his focus to American legend Jackie Robinson in this four-hour PBS biography about the groundbreaking baseball player and civil rights icon. The exhaustive documentary utilizes revealing interviews with Robinson's family as well as rare photographs and film footage to flesh out the story of one of the most interesting and important men of the 20th century. Through his inimitable style, Burns sets out to show why Robinson was so much more than simply the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Narrated by Keith David, with Jamie Foxx reading Robinson's words. Extras include a conversation with the filmmakers. ~ Jennifer Lackman, Rovi

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-With its in-depth look at the ups and downs of Robinson's life and career, this wonderful resource lends context to his significant accomplishments. He won acclaim for shattering baseball's "color line" in 1947, but as this exemplary documentary makes clear, he fought racism throughout his life. An impressive range of commentators share their perspectives, from President Obama to teammates, sports writers, and historians. The Great Depression and World War II shaped Robinson's early life, with racism an ever-present threat: 21 African Americans were lynched in his home state, Georgia, in 1919, the year he was born. When Robinson's mother moved her five children to California, they joined six million African Americans who fled the South during the Great Migration. After attending UCLA and enjoying a brief military career and one season in the Negro leagues, Robinson was scouted and signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Though he opened doors for other black ballplayers, like him they faced segregated restaurants and hotels and hostile teammates and fans. Later, Robinson worked for the NAACP and lent support to the civil rights movement. His support of Republican candidates drew criticism; many fans began to feel that Robinson was out of step with the times. Wife Rachel observes that Robinson remained fiercely independent and unafraid to speak out up to his untimely death in 1972. There's an obvious tie-in here for history or social studies lessons, and the DVD will appeal to a wide range of upper-level students. VERDICT This is a wonderful option for sports fans who may be reluctant readers or resistant to more traditional approaches to history and social studies. This excellent film should find a home in most public library collections.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.