Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson

Season 1
 (51)8.22016TV-PG
Jackie Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. Featuring revealing interviews with his family and rarely seen photos and film footage, this is the extraordinary story of an American icon whose lifelong battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.
Starring
Keith David
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DocumentarySpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Part I
    April 10, 2016
    1 h 51 min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Robinson integrates Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite threats and abuse.
  2. 2. Part II
    April 11, 2016
    1 h 53 min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, risking his enormous popularity.
  3. 101. Anderson Monarchs
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    April 3, 2016
    4min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A little league team from Philadelphia celebrates Jackie Robinson's legacy.

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Sarah BurnsKen BurnsDavid McMahon
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Ken BurnsDavid McMahonSarah Burns
Season year
2016
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Marcus E. SharpeReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An incredible glimpse at the other side of Jack Robinson's life and career...
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While a little long, the documentary provides an incredible degree of insight into the lives of Jack Robinson and other members of his family. Having such a high profile both inside and outside the African-American community, there are so many aspects of this incredible man's life that have only just recently been made known to the public by way of this documentary. As a lifelong fan of baseball who also happens to be African-American, I'm told that my grandfather cried when the Dodgers left Brooklyn (the place his family settled following their departure from the Jim Crow south) and cried, yet again, when Jack Robinson died (as it represented a huge loss to the Black community). Now, I completely understand the implications associated with that loss. I only wish my grandfather (who died in 2009) had lived long enough to see this well produced documentary of his all-time favorite baseball player.
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SEPReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
great documentary
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For anyone who wants to know about Jackie Robinson before, during, and after baseball, this is a necessity.
Jo FlowersReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful
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Wonderful. I never knew that Robinson was such a complex and wonderful person. I, probably like most people, did not know of his efforts n the civil rights movement.

I enjoyed every minute of this. Thanks to Ken Burns for another fantastic tv production.
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Charles TappReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent and very inspirational
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I loved the narration by voice actor Keith David and the voice of Jamie Fox as Jackie Robinson. I also appreciated how the different aspects of Robinson's life were weaved together to provide us with greater insight to Jackie Robinson the man. - Charles A. Tapp
zorockReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great series
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One of Ken Burns best and that's saying a lot due to the quality of Mr. Burns' work. Jackie Robinson is on my "Mount Rushmore" of people period.
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John H.Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
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Four Stars
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good read
Eman NepReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
He never had it made.
This documentary reveals a complexity to Mr. Robinson that I don't think I otherwise would have heard about. Outside of this series much is made of his early days in the major leagues, but not so much is said about who he was before 'breaking the color line' or after his baseball career ended. I appreciate this covering the aspects of his existence that for a particular group are less convenient. The uninitiated can learn much about American society and how it has progressed simply by watching this doc.
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Kirk ButlerReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely worth your time.
This is a fantastic look at the life of an amazing man in Ken Burns' unmistakable style, with great narration from Keith David (I could listen to him read anything) and consistently great music including some jazz classics. Heartily recommended to fellow Dodger fans, but an important and inspiring story for anyone. Conquering adversity, achieving great success, and using that success to improve the world you live in—are qualities of a real hero.
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