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Soul of the Game [DVD] [1996]

Release Date:01/23/2001
A memorable drama that explores the shattering of baseball's color barrier, Kevin Rodney Sullivan's Soul of the Game comes to DVD from HBO Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and featuring closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Surround audio, this release also offers alternate Spanish Dolby Digital Mono and French Dolby Digital Stereo soundtracks. In addition to optional English, Spanish and French subtitles, this disc offers such extra features as cast and crew biographies.

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    • Cast and crew bios
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    Soul of the Game
    This original HBO production documents, in dramatic form, the rivalry between Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson to see who would be the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Paige (played by Delroy Lindo) and Gibson (Mykelti Williamson) are more aggressive about seizing the opportunity that arose in the mid-'40s with the death of baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who had publicly avowed that the color line in baseball would never be broken. Branch Rickey (Edward Herrmann), the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is the first to seize that opportunity, sending his scouts to check out all the stars of the Negro Leagues. He narrows his choice down to Robinson, in part because of Paige's age (he was around 40) and Gibson's health (he behaved erratically in public, though it rarely affected his game). Rickey was looking for a player with the talent to compete in the big leagues and the character not to allow the inevitable harassment that would come his way to get to him. Robinson was signed in October 1945 and made his big-league debut in April 1947. Paige made it to the big leagues in 1948; Gibson died at the age of 36 in 1947 of a brain tumor. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Delroy Lindo
      Delroy Lindo - Satchel Paige
    • Mykelti Williamson
      Mykelti Williamson - Josh Gibson
    • Blair Underwood
      Blair Underwood - Jackie Robinson
    • Edward Herrmann
      Edward Herrmann - Branch Rickey
    • R. Lee Ermey
      R. Lee Ermey - Wilkie

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