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THE LIFE AND TIMES
OF HANK GREENBERG

A Film by Aviva Kempner
 

Winner of a 2001 Peabody Award

Voted Best Non-Fiction Film 2000
by the New York Film Critics Association

Best Documentary 2000
National Board Review of Motion Pictures

In the 1930s Jewish Mothers would ask their sons: "What kind of day did Hank have?" Hank Greenberg, the Detroit Tigers slugger who came close to breaking Babe Ruth's home run record, was baseball's first Jewish star. Tall (6'4"), handsome, and uncommonly good-natured, Greenberg was a secular Jew from the Bronx who became "the baseball Moses," an icon for everyone from Walter Matthau ("I joined the Beverly Hills tennis club to eat lunch with him. I don't even play tennis") to Alan Dershowitz ("I thought he'd become the first Jewish president"). Aviva Kempner's loving tribute is chock full of wonderful archival footage from the '30s and '40s and interviews with a self-effacing Greenberg and many of his Tiger teammates. Plus Mandy Patinkin's rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" -- in Yiddish!

Best Documentary 2000
Chicago Film Critics

Best Documentary 2000
Las Vegas Film Critics

Voted Best Documentary Film 2001
by the National Society of Film Critics

Best Documentary
2001 Festival de Sevilla Cine y Deporte

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Best Documentary 2000
Florida Film Critics

The President's Award
2001 Columbus International Film & Video Festival

1999 CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner

Spirit Award for Best Sports Documentary
International Sports Video and Film Awards

A Recent Quote from a fan

"After watching the Hank Greenberg documentary on Showtime last night, I felt it necessary to contact you. YOUR documentary was not only a magnificent american piece BUT more importantly a magnificent piece of jewish history. It was the first time that I ENJOYED crying!! I cried for Hank's triumphs and for the disgusting treatment he endured at the onset of his remarkable career. AH LEBEN AUF DIR!!! I look forward to the Gertrude Berg (who I was fortunate to know) film."
--Gary Stern,
Hill Crest Inn

Audience Award Winner
Washington Jewish Film Festival

Audience Award Winner
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival

Audience Award Winner
Hamptons International Film Festival

Runner up, Best Documentary 2000
Los Angeles Film Critics

Honorable Mention
Boston Film Critics

 

 

 


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