“It’s Good to Be Alive” tells the story of Roy Campanella, the esteemed Brooklyn Dodgers catcher. The film underscores his groundbreaking role in integrating baseball and the profound challenges he faced after a 1958 car accident left him paralyzed.

The narrative captures Campanella’s post-accident struggles and resilience, from intense hospital episodes to an inspiring appearance at the LA Coliseum. While the movie takes certain creative liberties, its depiction of human perseverance is deeply moving.

It's Good to Be Alive | February 22, 1974 (United States) 6.7
Director: Michael LandonWriter: Steve Gethers, Roy CampanellaStars: Paul Winfield, Louis Gossett Jr., Ruby DeeSummary: The story of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, whose career was cut short when he lost the use of his legs in an auto accident in January of 1958.


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