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The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)





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Made for the TNT cable network, The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson concentrates on the wartime service of major league baseball's first black player. Robinson (Andre Braugher), a star athlete at UCLA, is drafted during World War II. He hopes that his academic record will assure him entry into Officers Candidate School, but the racism inherent in the military at the time puts several roadblocks in his way. After finally making OCS, Robinson's belief in himself is strengthened tenfold--to the point that he refuses to bow to the "Jim Crow" laws regarding the seating arrangements on an Army bus, and is subsequently threatened with a court martial. Stan Shaw costars as boxing great Joe Louis, likewise a victim of prejudice during the war years (the script intimates that Louis was more willing to roll with the punches than Robinson). Ruby Dee, who played the ballplayer's wife in the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story, is here seen as Robinson's mother. The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson premiered on October 15, 1990.


Andre Braugher
as Jackie Robinson
Daniel Stern
as William Cline
Stan Shaw
as Joe Louis
J.A. Preston
as Wendell Smith
Bruce Dern
as Scout Ed Higgins
Don Hood
as Major Foley
Howard French
as Sergeant McEllroy
Jim Beaver
as Major Trimble
Travis Swords
as Prosecutor
Russell Curry
as Mack at 21
Hank Woessner
as First Sergeant
Lenny Hicks
as Soldier #2
Lance Slaughter
as Soldier #3
Peter Parros
as Gordon Jones
Nancy Cheryl Davis
as Loretta Jones
Dale Swann
as Doctor Smith
Glenn Morshower
as Captain Spencer
Donald Craig
as President of the Court
Billy Kane
as Third Young Officer
Chris Kinkade
as Corporal Dwight
Aaron Seville
as Young Soldier
Robert DoQui
as Top Sergeant
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