The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg


Film Info

Country USA
Language English
Year of Release 1998
Running Time 90 minutes


Director Aviva Kempner
Writer Aviva Kempner


Himself Rabbi Reeve Brenner
Himself Hank Greenberg
Himself Walter Matthau
Himself Alan M. Dershowitz
Himself Carl Levin
Himself Stephen Greenberg
Himself Joseph Greenberg
Himself Rabbi Max Ticktin
Himself Bill Mead
Himself Lou Gehrig
Himself Basil 'Mickey' Briggs
Himself Don Shapiro
Bert Gordon
Joe Falls


As Hitler was invading Europe, a handsome, young Jewish baseball player was challenging Babe Ruth's home run record. Aviva Kempner's award-winning documentary reveals how Detroit Tiger Hank Greenberg transcended American religious prejudice, shattered stereotypes, and became an American hero. Part social history, part humorous Americana, this compelling and entertaining movie cross-cuts thoughtful and sentimental interviews with family, friends, and celebrity fans like Walter Matthau.


New York Times

"Valuable as history and resonant with meaning for today."

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Winner New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2000, Best Non-Fiction Film

Broadcasts Film Critics Association Awards 2001, Best Feature Documentary

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