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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the scenes when Ben Chapman taunts Robinson, Alan Tudyk got into character by watching videos of street fighting before each take. See more »


As the minor league team bus approaches the rural gas station, a caption says "Interstate 24". The Interstate system started in 1956. The road is most likely US Highway 24, which runs east-west through Kansas City. 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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Referenced in Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Episode #10.371 (2013) See more »


Straighten Up And Fly Right
Written by Nat 'King' Cole and Irving Mills
Performed by The King Cole Trio (as Nat King Cole Trio)
Courtesy of King Cole Productions/Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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An Inspiring Baseball Movie That Touches All the Bases
12 April 2013 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

As Jackie Robinson was an excellent, multi-faceted baseball player, "42" is an excellent multi-faceted movie. Writer-director Brian Helgeland manages to artfully mix elements of drama, baseball action, humor and romance[!] while telling an important story about recent American history.

I thought it was wise for the film to focus on just a few years of Robinson's career, so that more time could be given to important scenes both on and off the field.

"42" is not called the "Jackie Robinson Story" for a reason. The movie is about more than just one man. The film shows the roles that Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), Robinson's wife Rachel (Nicole Beharie), and journalist Wendell Smith (Andre Holland) played in Robinson's career and life. All the actors give fine performances. And Chadwick Boseman is fantastic in portraying Robinson's determination, anxiety, anger, athleticism and courage.

I also appreciated the scenes that touched on the cultural climate in the nation. Watch for what happens between a father and his son when Robinson is introduced at a game in Cincinnati.

I thoroughly enjoyed "42". It's a film that that should be a game-winning hit with baseball fans, and those who appreciate civil rights and American history.

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