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42 (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  12 April 2013 (USA)
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The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.



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Wendell Smith (as Andre Holland)


In 1946, Jackie Robinson is a Negro League baseball player who never takes racism lying down. Branch Rickey is a Major League team executive with a bold idea. To that end, Rickey recruits Robinson to break the unspoken color line as the first modern African American Major League player. As both anticipate, this proves a major challenge for Robinson and his family as they endure unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from player and fan alike. As Jackie struggles against his nature to endure such abuse without complaint, he finds allies and hope where he least expects it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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In a game divided by color, he made us see greatness.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

42: The Jackie Robinson Story  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,487,144 (USA) (12 April 2013)


$95,001,343 (USA) (19 July 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pee Wee Reese's line that someday all Dodger players might be wearing the number 42 was actually said by Dodgers outfielder Gene Hermanski in 1951. Brian Helgeland liked the quote so much, he had Reese say it because he is a central character. Since 2004, every April 15th has been "Jackie Robinson Day" in Major League baseball, and every player wears number 42. Robinson's first day in the Major Leagues was April 15, 1947. See more »


Halfway through the movie, when Wendell and Jackie are driving in New York, they are going West on 34th street. You can see the Empire State Building and the New Yorker on the same side of the street (south side) even though the New Yorker is across the street. See more »


Branch Rickey: [Referring to Jackie Robinson] He's a Methodist, I'm a Methodist... And God's a Methodist; We can't go wrong.
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Version of The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) See more »


Move It On Over
Written and performed by Hank Williams
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very Well Done
11 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You probably think this film is completely focused on the story of Jackie Robinson. That is definitely not the case, as this film finds balance between the story of Robinson, baseball, and segregation. And this film succeeds in depicting all three aspects to bring a powerful, heartwarming, humorous film. The casting is great. Every actor fits his or her character perfectly. Harrison Ford does an amazing job portraying his character with his no- nonsense humorous attitude. He has a good chance of grabbing an academy award nomination for this roll. This is one of those movies that takes you for an emotional thrill ride. You feel for the Robinson. You want him to win. And you rejoice when he does. So sit back and let the film drag you in; it's worth your time.

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