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The Jackie Robinson Story



1950s biopic feel naive, but Robinson plays himself.
  • Review Date: January 10, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1950
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This dramatization of the history of Jackie Robinson's life story teaches about an important historical figure and America's struggle with race relations.

Positive messages

The movie is full of inspiring messages about standing up for what's right, persevering despite painful challenges, and doing your best.

Positive role models

Jackie Robinson (who plays himself in the film) is a role model because of his skill at baseball and his ability to persevere through the difficulties of being an African-American player in a racist environment.

Violence & scariness

Racist anger directed at the hero, some threats, and discussion of fights.

Sexy stuff

Some mild romance.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some period-appropriate smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Jackie Robinson Story is a dramatization of the life of the famous baseball player. The biography is forthright about the racial issues that factored into Robinson's challenges and successes, but inevitably appears somewhat naive by today's standards.

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What's the story?

Jackie Robinson plays himself in this baseball biopic, which chronicles Robinson's story from his college days as a UCLA sports star to a stint in the Army and his success in the Negro Baseball League. Intent on integrating baseball, Branch Rickey -- the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers -- brings Robinson on to a minor league team. Robinson endures racism for two years, and Rickey puts him in the big league in 1947. Robinson helps the Dodgers win the championship, paving the way for integration.

Is it any good?


This neglected gem about the first black baseball player to play in the major leagues might feel dated, but it's great to see the real Jackie Robinson on screen, with Ruby Dee playing his wife. The movie is forthright about the racial issues, but inevitably appears somewhat naive by today's standards.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about other sports figures who have overcome prejudice. What other kinds of discrimination have athletes faced over time?

  • How realistic a depiction of Robinson's history do you think this is? Does the fact that Robinson plays himself make it feel more accurate? How would this movie be different if it was made today?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 16, 1950
DVD release date:March 6, 2001
Cast:Jackie Robinson, Minor Watson, Ruby Dee
Director:Alfred E. Green
Studio:Legend Films
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models, History
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written bymaceymacreary April 9, 2008

What It Was Like..Almost

A lot of children growing up today don't have any idea how it was for African-American people within the past half century. I think all races agree that we have made progress, but a lot still has to be done. The more aware we are of what our behavior was like then might change some attitudes about other races, creeds and religons that exisit today.
Teen, 16 years old Written byUnknownpearson May 26, 2013


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