The Life of Jackie Robinson

77mins1950TVG
After leading the Brooklyn Dodgers to their 1949 pennant, baseball legend Jackie Robinson took time off to play himself in this intriguing biopic of the first man to break the color barrier in major league baseball. Portraying Robinson?s courageous struggle against racism, the film follows his life from an impoverished childhood, his years at UCLA, and a stint in the army, to his time with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, and finally his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A promise made to Dodger President Branch Rickey (Minor Watson, of Yankee Doodle Dandy) and his immense love of the sport held Robinson?s temper in check as he endured a constant onslaught of dehumanizing taunts from both fans and players. Praised for its frank commentary on racial issues, this is the true story of one man?s determination to turn his dream into a reality?changing the face of baseball forever. This acclaimed drama also stars Ruby Dee (Do the Right Thing, American Gangster) and Louise Beavers (Imitation of Life).
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R
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A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent, this award-winning documentary tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking?which was then China's capital?to months of aerial bombardment, and when the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen?including a Nazi named John Rabe?bore witness to the events, while risking their own lives to protect civilians from slaughter. The story is told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, chilling archival footage and photos, testimonies of former Japanese soldiers?and a staged reading of the Westerners' letters and diaries by Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Jurgen Prochnow and others. NANKING is a testament to the courage and conviction of individuals who were determined to act in the face of evil and a powerful tribute to the resilience of the Chinese people?a gripping account of light in the darkest of times. This version of the film features descriptive narration for the blind and visually impaired, created by the Narrative Television Network.
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