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  • Actors: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Ernie Banks, Michael Schiffman, Duane McLaughlin
  • Directors: Charles Burnett
  • Writers: Alfred Slote, David Field
  • Producers: Lin Oliver, Robert Halmi Jr., Robert M. Heller, Stephen J. Turnbull
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Showtime
  • Release Date: June 19 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005B6L6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,244 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Finding Buck McHenry

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By A Customer on July 11 2004
Format: DVD
The idea - to promote awareness of the Negro League and what the players went through prior to baseball's integration - was a wonderful one. However, the writing and the acting make the story seem far less than real. The characters do not behave in any way as their real life counterparts would. While kids ages 7 - 12 will likely enjoy this after-school-special type of movie, adults will likely find it difficult to watch.
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Amazon.com: 13 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Little League story Jan. 1 2006
By Artist & Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie works for families interested in movies depicting traditional family values because Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, as the grandparents, show so much love for each other, their orphaned grandson, and others. Young Jason has a double role - on one hand he is the catalyst that helps their grandson get past his grieving; on the other, he reminds Mack of an incident predicated on racism but in reality was just plain bullying.

[It also helped (for me, as a childhood fan of the 1950's Chicago cubs) that the great Ernie Banks was Mack's old friend. All the boys on our old Little League team dreamed of playing baseball like Mr. Banks!]

This is a wonderful family movie about baseball, boys, facing the past, sticking with one's "gut feeling" and learning the facts, consideration (and the lack of it for some) for other people's feelings, history of racism and for learning some baseball history. If you have Little League age boys or girls, you can safely watch this movie without fear of violating any traditional family values.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Bonita L. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Jason is an adolescent filled with dreams. When cut from his team because of his lack of skills and offered a chance to play on another one, Jason goes all out to prove himself. The man who is the key to his dream is a Black janitor by the name of Mack Henry, who knows a few things about baseball.
Mack Henry is far more than a janitor. His knowledge of the game and stories about the Negro League opens up a new world for the young white boy. His obsession with the game leads him to find out about a player of the Negro Leagues called Buck McHenry. Are Buck and Mack the same person? Jason is convinced that they are and sets out to prove it.
This sentimental tale introduces us to the players of the Negro League and highlights the contributions of those men who never had the opportunity to play the majors. You learn about their hardships and dangers they faced. You will see why Buck disappeared after three years of playing never to be seen again.
What makes this picture interesting is the dynamics of a boy learning that it takes more than dreams to become a baseball player. It takes hard work. The video also shows how the media will invade a person's privacy for a good story regardless of the harm that it might cause. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee star in this film as a couple who have loved one another for years but sorrow and a secret has entered their lives. Jason's curiousity brings shakes these things lose and Mack Henry's life will never be the same again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finding Buck McHenry-great story June 23 2013
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Although the video does not follow the book, it is based on it. This is a story that all kids should read. My classes loved the book, so I ordered the video-they loved it, too. It always inspired them to look up information on the black baseball league, to see the difficulties the black baseball players faced and overcame. I kept plenty of background non-fiction books in my room for them to do so. It is a wonderful story-but read the book, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An emotionally moving and intelligent film Dec 31 2009
By Don R. Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I found this film to be entertaining as well as educational. In short, it is about a little league baseball player who thinks he knows everything about baseball until he is introduced to the world of the old Negro Leagues by the school janitor who seems to know a lot about those early black players. When the little leaguer, Jason, begins to research these early Negro Leagues, he becomes convinced that the school janitor--Mack Henry--is really a once famous black player named Buck McHenry. So he sets out to prove his theory, even though Mack, the janitor, tells him he had best leave the past alone.
Michael Schiffman plays the little leaguer, Jason, with great skill and a real passion that makes him a joy to watch. And the great Ossie Davis delivers a truly standout performance as Mack. Also, the sweet-faced Duane McLaughlin complements both actors with his alternate sadness over the recent loss of his parents and his joy and love for the game, and for his Grandpa Mack.
I hope you will watch this movie. You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it. This is truly a movie for all ages because it is about relationships and love and dreams. Don't miss it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book Nov. 13 2012
By Bridget Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great Video, the book is great as well. My son loved it! he won 1st place in the schools reading fair. This book introduced him to the Negro Baseball Leaque.