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JACKIE ROBINSON (KEN BURNS)

What to know: Inspiring and comprehensive documentary on a remarkable athlete who changed our country forever.
Recommended age 9-18
240 minutes
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This is a comprehensive and complete documentary about a remarkable athlete who changed our country forever. It shows that Jackie Robinson was proud of who he is and was proud of his blackness (his word). I found the film interesting and educational. It shows what a remarkable person Jackie Robinson is, not only as a famous athlete but as a hero. I enjoyed the interviews with his family, especially his wife. I was also surprised to see President Obama in the film briefly making a statement about Jackie Robinson. There is also rarely seen photographs and film footage. It is a little long and may not keep younger children's interest but I highly recommend it for families. You should know that it is rather long. There are also special features which include The Anderson Monarchs, Outtakes, Lifelong Hero, Ready to Play, In the thick of it and a Conversation with the filmmakers. I found the Anderson Monarchs the most interesting which is based on an all African American inner city little league team. Highly inspirational and I highly recommend! 5 out of 5 stars for ages 9 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B.
JACKIE ROBINSON rose from humble origins to cross baseball's color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. Featuring intimate and revealing interviews with his family and rarely seen photographs and film footage, documentary tells the extraordinary story of an American icon whose lifelong battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.
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