Soul of the Game

views updated

Soul of the Game ★★★ 1996 (PG-13)

Cable movie follows the lives of three talented players in the Negro League during the 1945 season as they await the potential integration of baseball. Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Herrmann) has his scouts focusing on three men in particular: flashy, aging pitcher Satchel Paige (Lindo), mentally unstable catcher Josh Gibson (Williamson), and the young, college-educated Jackie Robinson (Underwood). Manages to resist melodrama through terrific performances. 105m/C VHS, DVD . Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Blair Underwood, Edward Herrmann, R. Lee Ermey, Gina Ravera, Salli Richardson, Obba Babatunde, Brent Jennings, Edwin Morrow, Richard Riehle; D: Kevin Rodney Sullivan; W: David Himmelstein; C: Sandi Sissel; M: Lee Holdridge. CABLE