Parents' Guide to

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

This gem will lift the spirits of baseball fans.

Movie PG 2000 90 minutes
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The Jewish Jackie Robinson

Very good movie to explain the discrimination Jews experienced in the US prior to World War II. Also, one of the rare movies about pre-war baseball players which isn't about a Yankee. I could easily have given it 5 stars had it covered his later career as well as it covered his pre-war career with the Detroit Tigers. One caution, there are many descriptions/repetitions of the racial epithets (and a few for other immigrant groups) used against Jews in the 1930's and the rise of organized antisemitism Nazi sympathizers in the US. Parents may want to caution kids before seeing the movie, and be prepared to discuss them after the movie.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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Brilliant documentary-maker Aviva Kempner has created a gem of a movie to lift the spirit of anyone who cares about baseball -- or heroes. One of the great treats of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is to see not just how well Greenberg handled adversity, but how well he handled fame and success, remaining humble, honest, and dedicated through it all.

Perhaps most revealing of Greenberg's character was the one statistic that he cared about, in this most statistic-ridden of sports -- RBIs. He loved being the one who batted clean-up, "the guy that comes up at the clutch, changes the ball game, makes all the difference." He could have gone for the home run record, but he was the ultimate team player. His teammates and friends talk, also, about his dedication. He was the hardest-working of ball-players, paying anyone he could find to pitch to him for extra batting practice and even stripping down in a friend's dress-making studio so he could examine his batting stance in a three-way mirror.

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