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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie sanitizes Leo Durocher's speech to the Dodgers on the eve of their planned strike in protest of the signing of Jackie Robinson. His actual quote was "Don't care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fucking zebra, I'm manager of this team, he plays!" See more »


Halfway through the movie, when Wendell and Jackie are driving in New York, they are going west on 34th street. The Empire State Building and the New Yorker are on the same side of the street. In real life, the New Yorker is across the street. See more »


[from trailer]
Jackie Robinson: I'm not goin' anywhere! I'm right here!
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Referenced in The Big Review: Spring Trailer Park (2013) See more »


Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Written by Albert von Tilzer and Jack Norworth
Performed by Ed Alstrom
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13 April 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I did not expect a movie like this to be so good!

The acting was brilliant. Chad Boseman as Jackie Robinson did fantastic job playing his character. You can feel the turmoil building up inside him every time some racist moron starts to provoke him. Most of the time, I felt so much sympathy for him.

Harrison Ford should be nominated for an Academy Award. From beginning to end, he was spot on. He's one of the only people in the movie who actually treats Jackie like a human being from the beginning.

The other actors were good too.

With almost every sports movie, you can pretty much tell were the story was going. I will admit it was kind of predictable, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.

The racism. Oh god. I understand that the film was set in the 40s and that's how it was back then, but the racism in this film angered me to no end. I could not stand some of these characters, especially one that stood out as the biggest piece of garbage in this entire film. I can't blame the filmmakers for that; in fact, if they did sugarcoat the language, I don't think the film would have been as strong. I guess the only good thing that comes out of it is how it helps build Jackie's character. You could feel the rage building up inside him.

I guess the only problem I have is how there was not as much baseball as there should have been in a movie about a baseball player. The gaming scenes were a lot of fun to watch but I felt that they were a bit too short.

Overall, the acting was great, the characters were great, and the story was great. If you're a sports fan, 42 is film worth checking out.

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