Picks and Pans Review: The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
updated 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Years before he broke baseball's color line, Jackie Robinson battled entrenched racism within the U.S. Army during World War II and faced a court-martial in Fort Hood, Texas, on trumped-up charges for refusing to move to the back of a military bus. That event forms the basis of this stiff bio-flick, a morality play more drab than its olive military uniforms.
Stan Shaw, Kasi Lemmons, Ruby Dee, Paul Dooley, Daniel Stern and Bruce Dern knock around in this sanctimonious and poorly shaped film. If it wasn't for the stalwart work of Andre (Glory) Braugher in the stodgy lead role, it would be unwatchable.