At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
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
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The last scene of the movie takes place at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The stadium was not used after 1970 when the Pirates moved to Three Rivers Stadium. Within this last scene, as Jackie rounds the bases for his home run a shot of the Cathedral of Learning is shown. The Cathedral of Learning is the famous building for the University of Pittsburgh. Forbes Field was located right next to the university in real life. After Forbes Field was torn down, the university kept home plate at the field in its exact location. The home plate of Forbes Field is encased in the ground at the same location as it was in the movie in William Posvar Hall at the University of Pittsburgh. See more »
In real life, Fritz Ostermueller was almost 40 years old when Jackie Robinson debuted in the National League. See more »
You want a player who doesn't have the guts to fight back?
No. I want a player who's got the guts *not* to fight back.
You give me a uniform, you give me a number on my back, I'll give you the guts.
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An Inspiring Baseball Movie That Touches All the Bases
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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