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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)

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The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues.

Director:

Aviva Kempner

Writer:

Aviva Kempner
12 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reeve Brenner Reeve Brenner ... Himself - interviewee (as Rabbi Reeve Brenner)
Hank Greenberg Hank Greenberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Matthau ... Himself - interviewee
Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself - interviewee (as Alan Dershowitz)
Carl Levin ... Himself - interviewee (as Senator Carl Levin)
Stephen Greenberg Stephen Greenberg ... Himself - interviewee
Joseph Greenberg Joseph Greenberg ... Himself - interviewee (as Joe Greenberg)
Max Ticktin Max Ticktin ... Himself - interviewee (as Rabbi Max Ticktin)
Bill Mead Bill Mead ... Himself - interviewee
Lou Gehrig ... Himself (archive footage)
Basil 'Mickey' Briggs Basil 'Mickey' Briggs ... Himself - interviewee
Don Shapiro Don Shapiro ... Himself - interviewee
Bert Gordon Bert Gordon ... Himself - interviewee
Joe Falls Joe Falls ... Himself - interviewee
Henry Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

The story of Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg is told through archival film footage and interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish fans, his former teammates, his friends, and his family. As a great first baseman with the Detroit Tigers, Greenberg endured antisemitism and became a hero and source of inspiration throughout the Jewish community, not incidentally leading the Tigers to Major League dominance in the 1930s. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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When America Needed Heroes, A Jewish Slugger Stepped To The Plate.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,675, 17 January 2000

Gross USA:

$1,712,385

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,712,385
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Ciesla Foundation See more »
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Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Dick Schaap: The first day that Hank was in the army, he and the other recruits were lined up and the sergeant immediately began spouting some anti-Semitic remarks like "I don't want no Goldbergs and no Cohns in my unit." Whereupon Hank raised his hand and says "My name is Greenberg." and he looks at Hank 6-3, 6-4, 200, 230, he says "I didn't say anything about Greenbergs."
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Connections

Features Woman of the Year (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Roumania, Roumania
Written by Aaron Lebedeff
Performed by Aaron Lebedeff
Courtesy of Music Sales Corporation
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Very good...and you get Charlie Gehringer, too.
17 November 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

As a bigtime baseball fan, I was very happy to find this. Hank Greenberg was one of the best players the game has ever had, he was jewish in a time of rampent anti-Semitism(well, in places at least as the documentary shows), who both served as a role model and example of class in the face of all that.

He was also: in WWII for 4.5 years, made a run at Ruth's Record of 60 in '38(finished with 58), on a team that got into 4 Series and won 2 of them, a prosperous business man and baseball GM in the 50s and 60s. He was a hero for many a Jewish baseball fan back when, and was shown giving Jackie Robinson a helping hand when things were going badly for Robbie in '47...Robinson was quite thankful for the big man's kind words, according to this.

Plus face it-you get some priceless interviews with his teammates-Billy Rogell, Charlie Gehringer, Hal Newhouser, etc. I loved all this, And the footage of the '34-5, '40 and '45 WS he was involved in-can't beat it.

Not fast paced, not meant for the MTV audience, but as a time capsule and fond memorial to a good man-it does its job very well.

***1/2 outta ****


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