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Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy
     

Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige

Director: Richard A. Colla, George C. Scott, Clifton Davis, Cleavon Little

Cast: Richard A. Colla, George C. Scott, Clifton Davis, Cleavon Little

 
This TV-movie biography of legendary black ballplayer Leroy "Satchel" Paige unfortunately whitewashes and hokes up his fascinating story. Louis Gossett Jr. stars as Paige, who spends virtually his entire professional career in the Negro leagues because of the "gentlemen's agreement" barring African-Americans from the Majors. Paige's prowess as a pitcher is so famous

Overview

This TV-movie biography of legendary black ballplayer Leroy "Satchel" Paige unfortunately whitewashes and hokes up his fascinating story. Louis Gossett Jr. stars as Paige, who spends virtually his entire professional career in the Negro leagues because of the "gentlemen's agreement" barring African-Americans from the Majors. Paige's prowess as a pitcher is so famous that he becomes the highest-paid player in the Negro leagues -- but as for joining the mainstream teams, the answer is always the same: "If only you were white." When Jackie Robinson is signed by the Dodgers in 1946, the doors open for other black ballplayers; thus it is that in 1948, Satchel Paige becomes the first black pitcher in the American leagues...at the tender age of 42. Don't Look Back down-pedals Satchel Paige's tempestuous private life (his two marriages are combined into one, for example), and tends to shortchange the viewer in the crucial ball-playing scenes. Its saving grace is the towering performance by star Louis Gossett Jr., who struggles manfully to overcome the script's shortcomings. When the film was first telecast on May 31, 1981, the real Satchel Paige appeared in the prologue; one year later, Paige was dead at the (reported) age of 76.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2014
UPC:
0888574044022
Original Release:
1981
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
14,534

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifton Davis Actor
Cleavon Little Actor
Hal Williams Actor
Ernie Barnes Actor
Don Blakely Bartender
Candy Ann Brown Ramona
Ossie Davis Chuffy Russell
Gloria E. Gifford Darlene
Louis Gossett Leroy "Satchel" Paige
J.R. Horne Mr. Andrews
Lawrence Johnson Judge
Taylor Lacher Actor
Jim Smith White Batter
Beverly Todd Lahoma Brown
John Beradino Jake Wells
Jim Davis Mr. Wilkenson
Andrae Crouch Singer

Technical Credits
Richard A. Colla Director
George C. Scott Director
Danny Arnold Executive Producer
James D. Bissell Art Director,Production Designer
Kathleen Brodbeck Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Elliott Score Composer
Hector R. Figueroa Cinematographer
Stanley Rubin and His Tigertown Five Producer
Norman Gimbel Score Composer
Jim Hawkins Producer
Bud S. Isaacs Editor
LaReine Johnston Editor
Stanley Crea Rubin Producer
Ronald Rubin Screenwriter

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