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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.)
  • 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 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B00005B6L6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,862 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa240a6cc) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa232d060) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Little League story Jan. 1 2006
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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.
HASH(0xa274d1d4) out of 5 stars Wonderful movie Aug. 26 2011
By One Tough Customer - Published on
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A movie the whole family could watch. More importantly it raises awareness of the history of what black players went through before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Wonderful acting and writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3455fd8) out of 5 stars An emotionally moving and intelligent film Dec 31 2009
By Don R. Holloway - Published on
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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
HASH(0xa24cda38) out of 5 stars Great Book Nov. 13 2012
By Bridget Lewis - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2335ef4) out of 5 stars Moving Movie! Jan. 22 2013
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A wonderful movie for families...well worth the price. We have watched this movie twice since we got it. It is true to the book of the same title.