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Soul of the Game (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Sport | TV Movie 20 April 1996
Black baseball greats, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, vie to be the first afro-American major leaguer, only to see the outspoken rookie, Jackie Robinson, be chosen.

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Gary Hoffman (story), David Himmelstein (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delroy Lindo ... Satchel Paige
Mykelti Williamson ... Josh Gibson
Edward Herrmann ... Branch Rickey
Blair Underwood ... Jackie Robinson
R. Lee Ermey ... Wilkie
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Lahoma (as Salli Richardson)
Gina Ravera ... Grace
Obba Babatundé ... Cum Posey
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Zo Perry
J.D. Hall ... Gus Greenlee
Jerry Hardin ... Happy Chandler
Brent Jennings ... Frank Duncan
Richard Riehle ... Pete Harmon
Armand Asselin Armand Asselin ... Rip
Joey Banks Joey Banks ... Link Rudolph
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Storyline

Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are the greatest players in the Colored leagues, and everyone expects that one of them will make the leap to the Major Leagues, now that there is talk of integration. But, unexpectedly, it's the rookie with the army record, Jackie Robinson, that gets tapped to be the first. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baseball in Black and White See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, Alabama, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

At the end of the movie, in the Negro League vs. Major League All-Star Game, played in 1945, there is a 50-star flag on the flagpole (two close-up shots). In 1948 it should have been a 48-star flag. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 18th Annual CableACE Awards (1996) See more »

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One of the best baseball movies I've ever seen...

...Yet no one seems to really know about it, which actually fits with the subjects of the film. Most mainstream Jackie Robinson movies are about the effect his life and career had on the world (aka the white community), but this one zeros in on the black community, specifically the Negro League athletes who set a path racial integration and had to watch someone else get the glory. A strong story well-told, with a wonderful lack of sensationalism and tons of heart.


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