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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
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.
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,
• 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,
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Written by Brian Helgeland
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.
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
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
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,
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
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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