Originally Posted by spawn
I saw it Saturday. If you knew little or nothing about Jackie Robinson, you would love this movie. I took a date to see it, and she really liked it. My problem with it is I feel like they only scratched the surface of what he endured, and it only captured his time with the Montreal team and his rookie season in the bigs. He had to deal with that for two years without retaliation, and it probably shortened his career. That said, what pleasantly surprised me was the theater I was at was packed, and the attendees were mostly young white kids. And even if the movie didn't go far enough with the treatment he received, at least you did get a glimpse and feel for it. And i'm glad they touched on his being court martialed while in the army, something i don't think a lot of people know. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Knowing that the movie was only about two hours long, I did not expect an in-depth depiction of what Robinson went through during his career because the move could not start cold with his debut with the Dodgers. I think the movie did a good job of showing what the attitudes were leading up to his signing and how widespread those attitudes were (not just in the South, but throughout MLB regardless of geography).
When the movie "ended" I felt a little cheated, but then they went into the postscript stuff which gave a sense of what happened to Robinson and some of the significant other people in the movie after his rookie year.
Baseball fans might be disappointed by the amount of actual baseball scenes, but I think the movie's message was contained mostly in what happened off the field. They showed enough baseball stuff to show how the other players, reporters and one Manager in particular felt about Robinson's presence in what they felt was their exclusive domain.
The fact that Durocher was the only person officially punished by MLB in direct connection to Robinson (the reason cited was total pretext) speaks volumes of how strong the attitudes were back then. I know Chapman never managed after that year, but there was no official word from MLB banning him for his actions.
Poor Durocher was later further punished by being forced to manage the Cubs in, among other great years, 1969.......