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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: 42

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013

Price: DVD $29.98 , Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99

Studio: Warner

Chadwick Boseman is baseball great Jackie Robinson in 42.

The biographical sports drama 42 follows the great baseball player Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey as they take a stand against racism and break through baseball’s infamous color line.

In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford, Cowboys & Aliens) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman, TV’s Persons Unknown) to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent
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Movie Review - 42 (2013)

42, 2013.

Directed by Brian Helgeland.

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, John C. McGinley, Alan Tudyk, T. R. Knight, Lucas Black, Andre Holland and Nicole Beharie.

Synopsis:

The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

Every year we get at least one or two inspirational sports films about a team or a player that has to overcome some kind of obstacle in order to succeed. A lot of these particular films deal with race as the obstacle our protagonist must overcome. Sometimes it works great, like in Remember the Titans, and other times it doesn't work quite so well, like in Glory Road. 42 is able to stand out among these kinds of sports films. It ends up being inspirational and a fitting tribute to Jackie Robinson.

The film shows us the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson,
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42 depicts Jackie Robinson's struggles as Mlb marks baseball integration

• It's 66 years since Jackie Robinson broke baseball's colour line – and Hollywood has done a fine job retelling his story

Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers – in pictures

Baseball fans will never be allowed to forget what happened on 15 April 1947, the day Jackie Robinson suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the sport's long-running color barrier. Major League Baseball has seen to that, leading the charge in ensuring that a seminal moment in American history isn't lost to time passed, retiring his number league wide in 1997 and committing to marking Jackie Robinson Day annually. On Monday, each player will don his celebrated digits, 42, in tribute to a player who became an icon.

There is however a danger that the vast weight of Robinson's story could be lost on those who didn't grow up in a time, or closer to a time, of segregation and unabashed racism. It's one thing to hear stories of Jackie's hardship,
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Will 42 Boast the Best Weekend Debut for a Movie About Baseball?

Will the just-released 42 have the most successful opening weekend for a baseball movie? Writer-director Brian Helgeland's 42, which features Chadwick Boseman as baseball player Jackie Robinson and veteran Harrison Ford, whose credits range from The Conversation and Star Wars in the 1970s to the more recent Cowboys & Aliens, debuted with an estimated $9.1 million at 3,003 locations this past Friday, April 12, as per studio figures found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Almost) undeboutedly, 42 will end up grossing between $25 million and $26 million by Sunday evening. If that does indeed happen, the film will boast the best debut weekend ever for a movie about baseball -- well, sort of. Pictured above: Ford, looking remarkably different under heavy makeup, plays Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey in Helgeland's movie. Well, if you dwell on a planet where inflation is as real as the plots of Hollywood films -- including those based on real-life events,
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42 – The Review

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it’s time to crack open the windows after so many long months. Ah, springtime, when a young man’s (and many not so young) thoughts turn to … baseball. Well, it turns out that many in Hollywood have the old “horse-hide” on the brain too. This favorite American pastime has graced the big screen many times from light comedies such as Alibi Ike and Major League to heavy dramas like Bang The Drum Slowly. One classic flick, The Natural, could be classified a Fantasy allegory while another, Bull Durham, is a sexy bedroom romp. Of course, film makers have chosen to tell several real-life stories of the diamond with Pride Of The Yankees (Lou Gehrig’s tale), a couple of Babe Ruth biopics, and the lady players of World War II in A League Of Their Own. Now Brian Helgeland (The Order
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'42' Family Review: 5 Reasons to See the Jackie Robinson Biopic With Your Teen(s)

Is "42" right for your kids? Although it's rated PG-13, "42" is a fine pick for parents with kids ages 9 to 11 –- as long as they are mature enough to deal with the racial discrimination and slurs that are depicted in the biopic. It's a good idea to prepare kids and teens with an overview of Jackie Robinson's life and the institutional racism that existed not just in Major League Baseball but all of American society at the time. Here are five reasons to take your teen(s) to see "42." 1. It's a Lesson in Civil Rights: Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) didn't just break the baseball color barrier, he also prepared America for the Civil Rights Movement. Sure, it took another two decades to fully materialize, but Jackie Robinson stepping up to the plate was more than a sports milestone; it's one of the most important watershed moments in the history of the United States.
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’42′ a familiar but enjoyable piece of corny Americana

42

Directed by Brian Helgeland

Written by Brian Helgeland

USA, 2013

The majority of baseball movies come pre-set with a dollop, if not a heaping scoop of hokey, cornpone jingoism. It’s all but impossible for a director to not indulge in well-worn clichés and cinematic tropes when recreating great moments of the truest American pastime. Brian Helgeland, writer and director of the new film 42, documenting Jackie Robinson’s legendary journey to become the first African American Major League Baseball player, isn’t able to resist such expected moments. Familiarity aside, 42 is an enjoyable if old-fashioned period piece packed to the rafters with a solid cast who help enliven the proceedings with something fresh.

Chadwick Boseman stars as Robinson, a playful, hot-tempered player for the Kansas City team in the Negro Leagues. In 1945, he’s handpicked by Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to become the first Black player in the Mlb.
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Film Review: 42

Biopics can skew many ways. Mostly there are the subtle character studies that try to humanize a person while encapsulating the legend, or there are the schmaltzy feel-good kinds of films where the phrase “based on a true story” is a bit too on the nose. To dramatize real life events in cinema sometimes dilutes the actual history that took place, somehow reducing genuine moments into pure theatrics. The makers of 42 have created a paint-by-numbers biopic about the 1947 rookie season of Jackie Robinson and the troubled road it took him to make it there. It is simplistic in its storytelling and sufficient enough in its filmmaking, yet it had the potential to be something much better.

The story of Jackie Robinson is a fundamentally American myth so imbued with legitimate drama that it came as a surprise to me that the movie was so slight in its depiction of one
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'42' review: Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford hit a historical homer with Jackie Robinson story

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Earnest, righteous, historically accurate and often entertaining, writer-director Brian Helgeland's "42" is pretty much all you could hope for in a Jackie Robinson film biography.

Minus the excitement, which given how well-known Robinson's story is to baseball fans, is no cardinal sin. And the cast is more adequate than thrilling. 

It's the sort of story that you find yourself hoping they don't screw up -- that the baseball will be convincing, that the racism isn't watered down, that the actor playing Jackie (Chadwick Boseman) comes off as a human being, not an icon. And in those regards, "42" scores.

A brief history lesson -- the narrated-over-newsreel footage context of the end of World War II -- is followed by a much longer one, as we see Robinson selected to integrate baseball by the cagey old Brooklyn Dodgers general manager and president, Branch Rickey. It's shocking to see Harrison Ford take on
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“42″ The True Story of An American Legend

Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42″ tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers Gm Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) comes the real-life drama “42,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) as Jackie Robinson and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”) as Branch Rickey. In 1947, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing blatant racism from every side, even his own team, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind,
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42 Movie Poster 3 Shows Sport Sees No Color

See the third poster for Warner Bros.' 42 baseball biopic on Jackie Robinson directed by Brian Helgeland, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford. The drama opens in theaters from April 12th, 2013, in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, which is on April 15th. This was, the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. Helgeland directs and scripts the incredible looking film produced by Thomas Tull, while Jon Jashni, Dick Cook and Jason Clark serve as executives producers. The cast also includes Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum, who would become Robinson's wife; Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher; Andre Holland as Wendell Smith; Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese; Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca; Ryan Merriman as Dixie Walker; and T.R. Knight as Harold Parrott.
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42 Movie Poster 3 Shows Sport Sees No Color

See the third poster for Warner Bros.' 42 baseball biopic on Jackie Robinson directed by Brian Helgeland, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford. The drama opens in theaters from April 12th, 2013, in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, which is on April 15th. This was, the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. Helgeland directs and scripts the incredible looking film produced by Thomas Tull, while Jon Jashni, Dick Cook and Jason Clark serve as executives producers. The cast also includes Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum, who would become Robinson's wife; Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher; Andre Holland as Wendell Smith; Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese; Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca; Ryan Merriman as Dixie Walker; and T.R. Knight as Harold Parrott.
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First Look: Chadwick Boseman & Nicole Beharie In Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Film '42'

With production underway on Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic "42," we now have a number of set photos that provide us our first looks at newcomer Chadwick Boseman and "Shame" star Nicole Beharie respectively portraying Robinson and his wife, Rachel Isum.

The story, of course, centers the rise of Robinson, the first African-American baseballer in the Major League, and the controversy that surrounded the move, with another actor also added to the roster in Lucas Black (star of the original "Friday Night Lights" movie) who'll play shortstop Pee Wee Reese, a Dodgers player who embraced Robinson as soon as he joined. Cast also boasts Jon Bernthal as starting pitcher Ralph Branca, Christopher Meloni as in-fielder Leo Durocher, T.R. Knight as travelling secretary Harold Parrott, John C. McGinley as journalist Red Barber and Ryan Merriman as right-fielder Fred "Dixie" Walker.

No sign just yet of Harrison Ford, who plays Dodgers manager Branch Rickey,
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star T.R. Knight Joins Harrison Ford In Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

T.R. Knight – known best for his role as George O’Malley on Grey’s Anatomy – has been added to the cast for the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. According to THR, the Emmy-nominated actor will be joining Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford for the project, with Brian Helgeland directing.

Boseman signed on to play the legendary baseball player back in December, with Ford following suite shortly after, in order to play Branch Rickey, the man who signed Robinson. Knight will play Harold Parrott, “the Dodgers traveling secretary who has to deal with the repercussions of housing once Robinson joins the team.” Shame‘s Nicole Beharie is set to play Robinson’s wife, Rachel Isum, of whom he was married to for 27 years until his death in 1973. Law and Order: Svu‘s Christopher Meloni will also play Leo Durocher, the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Since leaving Grey’s Anatomy back
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Ryan Merriman Joins Jackie Robinson Biopic 42

The spotlight returned today to the baseball drama 42, based on Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson's entry into Major League Baseball and shattering the color barrier. Variety reported additional casting news with 28-year-old actor Ryan Merriman, best known for his work in the horror thrillers Final Destination 3 and The Ring Two, joining the period sports movie as Brooklyn Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker with Chadwick Boseman as Robinson. The Brooklyn right fielder infamously opposed the signing of Robinson but changed his stance and became a support of the first African-American to play major league baseball. Merriman joined Christopher Meloni, who signed on to play Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher.
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Ryan Merriman Joins Jackie Robinson Biopic 42

The spotlight returned today to the baseball drama 42, based on Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson's entry into Major League Baseball and shattering the color barrier. Variety reported additional casting news with 28-year-old actor Ryan Merriman, best known for his work in the horror thrillers Final Destination 3 and The Ring Two, joining the period sports movie as Brooklyn Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker with Chadwick Boseman as Robinson. The Brooklyn right fielder infamously opposed the signing of Robinson but changed his stance and became a support of the first African-American to play major league baseball. Merriman joined Christopher Meloni, who signed on to play Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher.

Ryan Merriman Joins Jackie Robinson Biopic 42

The spotlight returned today to the baseball drama 42, based on Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson's entry into Major League Baseball and shattering the color barrier. Variety reported additional casting news with 28-year-old actor Ryan Merriman, best known for his work in the horror thrillers Final Destination 3 and The Ring Two, joining the period sports movie as Brooklyn Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker with Chadwick Boseman as Robinson. The Brooklyn right fielder infamously opposed the signing of Robinson but changed his stance and became a support of the first African-American to play major league baseball. Merriman joined Christopher Meloni, who signed on to play Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher.
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Open casting calls for "42" starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman - Los Angeles Acting Auditions | Examiner.com

Legendary Pictures is in pre-production on the major feature film "42" starring Harrison Ford. The casting directors are holding open casting calls for people in Alabama and Tennessee who would like to work as extras on the film. Additional extras casting will take place in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia. The movie will be filmed in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee beginning in May, 2012. Extras of all ages will be used in the film, however the open calls are for extras 18 years of age and older. The film is based on the life story of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). Former "Law & Order: Svu" star and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni will play Dodgers manager Leo Durocher, and Jon Bernthal of the TV series "The Walking Dead" will play Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca. Nicole Beharie
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‘Shame’ Actress Nicole Beharie Falls for Jackie Robinson In ‘42’

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After making an indelible impression in Steve McQueen‘s Shame a couple of months ago, Deadline reports that Nicole Beharie has landed her first post-Fassbender‘d role, and it could be a big one. What do I speak of? I speak of 42, the Brian Helgeland-directed biopic of Jackie Robinson that stars newcomer Chadwick Boseman as the baseball legend; Harrison Ford as the Mlb executive who brought him into the game, Branch Rickey; and Christopher Meloni as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher.

The project marks an Express reunion for Beharie and Boseman, since she’ll take on the part of Rachel Isum (now known as Rachel Robinson), to whom the baseball legend was married for 27 years, before his death in 1973. The scope of the character’s involvement hasn’t been specified in Deadline’s article; here’s hoping they don’t take the typical “supportive wife of a mistreated celebrity” route.
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