Jackie Robinson took time out after leading the Dodgers to their 1949 pennant to make the story of his life, and though he was a better infielder than he was an actor, anyone who loves baseball will be intrigued by the story of the determined man who broke the color barrier in the major

leagues. Some license has been taken by the screenwriters, but for the most part this is a straightforward account of Robinson's lifelong battle against racism, following him from his impoverished childhood through his glory years at UCLA and on to his army experience and his playing days with the

Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues, and finally depicting the tremendous challenge he faced while integrating first the Dodgers' Montreal farm club and then the Brooklyn team itself. The victim of more abuse than any athlete who ever stepped onto a playing field, Robinson holds his normally

hot temper in check as he's promised Dodger boss Branch Rickey (nicely played by Minor Watson), courageously enduring a relentless onslaught of dehumanizing taunts from fans and players alike, constantly turning the other cheek, and changing the game forever.