Soul of the Game

Soul of the Game

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Cast: Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Blair Underwood

     
 

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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 StereoSee more details below

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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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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
After a shaky opening, with a reporter interviewing Willie Mays (played by an actor who looks nothing like the "Say Hey Kid") in 1954 as a device for a flashback to the 1940s heyday of the Negro Leagues, Soul of the Game settles into a surprisingly melancholy account of the breaking of baseball's color line. This is not a celebration of Jackie Robinson's immense courage, but a rumination on the cruel circumstances that denied his more talented colleagues, pitcher Satchel Paige and catcher Josh Gibson (cited by many baseball historians as the black Babe Ruth), their shot at history. The film devotes the most time to Paige, elegantly portrayed by Delroy Lindo as a proud man clinging to his dignity after almost two decades of playing in the Negro Leagues. Before Michael Jordan, Paige was the black athlete who could put fans in the seats just by showing up, and he often had to pitch every game to justify his cut of the gate (though, at the time of this story, he only pitched a few innings each outing). Gibson, played with glowering menace by Mykelti Williamson, was a troubled man, but the film is less clear about the source of his demons; only a postscript which describes his death from a brain tumor suggests that he wasn't totally in control of his health. Robinson's skills and character aren't fully dramatized here; he is only shown to be fast on the bases, and Blair Underwood's bland performance misses his coiled intensity. David Himmelstein's script does offer tantalizing sidelights about the political machinations behind Branch Rickey's courting of black ballplayers. The film winds up on a suitably sad note; an all-star game between Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers, in which Paige and Gibson might have had the chance to strut their stuff in front an integrated crowd, is rained out, leaving the two veterans once again frustrated at what might have been.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
UPC:
0026359130922
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
32,511

Special Features

Interactive menus; Chapter selections; Cast and crew bios; Language and subtitle selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Delroy Lindo Satchel Paige
Mykelti Williamson Josh Gibson
Blair Underwood Jackie Robinson
Edward Herrmann Branch Rickey
R. Lee Ermey Wilkie
Gina Ravera Grace
Obba Babatunde Cum Posey
Cylk Cozart Zo Perry
J.D. Hall Gus Greenlee
Jerry Hardin Happy Chandler
Brent Jennings Frank Duncan
Richard Riehle Peter Harmon
Joe Banks Link Rudolph
Paul Bates Orderly #1
Bruce Beatty Reporter
Guy Boyd Clark Griffith
Gregg Burge Bill Robinson
Ed Cambridge Bellhop
Zaid Farid Clerk
Edith Fields Nurse
Jesse D. Goins John Givens Reporter
David Johnson Roy Campanella
Bob Minor Goon #2
Lou Richards Radio Announcer
Terrence Riggins Orderly #2
Kevin Sifuentes Waiter
Charles Stevenson Supervisor
Isaiah Washington Adult Willie Mays
Oscar Williams Grays Manager
Salli Richardson Lahoma
Erika Flores Girl
Joseph Latimore Jesse Williams

Technical Credits
Kevin Rodney Sullivan Director
Reuben Cannon Casting
Marc Dabe Art Director
David Giella Casting
David Himmelstein Screenwriter
Gary Hoffman Executive Producer
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Chester Kaczenski Production Designer
Mike Medavoy Executive Producer
Jimmy Ortega Stunts
Robert A. Papazian Producer
Luke Reichle Costumes/Costume Designer
Sandi Sissel Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Main Title [3:39]
2. Winter League Championship/Dominican Republic [2:20]
3. Brooklyn [1:43]
4. For Love OR the Game [1:56]
5. Kansas City Showdown [8:20]
6. "We're Going to the Majors!" [4:38]
7. Gibson's Dilemma [7:46]
8. A Difference of Opinion [2:23]
9. "You're Tired, I'm Tired" [4:16]
10. Jackie Robinson [12:44]
11. Gibson in Trouble [7:34]
12. Redemption [13:29]
13. The Deal [4:09]
14. "You Wanna Talk?" [6:54]
15. Rain on a Parade [7:57]
16. Epilogue [4:21]

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