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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 (

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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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Did You Know?


Nicole Beharie, who plays Rachel Robinson, also starred in the sports biography of Ernie Davis "The Express" as the main character's girlfriend. Chadwick Bozeman (Jackie Robinson) also had a brief, minor role in The Express but shared no scenes with Nicole. See more »


After a deliberate pitch hits Jackie Robinson in the forehead, stitches and Steri-strips keep the wound closed. Micropore tape, the precursor to Steri-strips, was invented in 1959. The original Steri-strips were first used in 1962. The Steri-strips used in the movie first appeared in the early 1990s. See more »


reporter: Baseball was proof positive that democracy was real. A baseball box score after all, is a democratic thing. It doesn't say how big you are, or what religion you follow it does not know how you voted, or the color of your skin, it simply states what kind of ballplayer you were on any particular day.
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Written by Gene Autry and Fred Rose
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Extraordinary Performances by young actors
13 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a middle-aged black man now and sometimes I wonder if young people get it.

I was born in Richmond, VA, and I'm 1 (ONE) generation removed from segregation.

It is because of this that I was FLOORED by the performance of these young actors. Chadwick Boseman & Nicole Beharie did a magnificent job portraying the grace and courage of the Robinsons.

I couldn't have done it. Boseman has an UNCANNY resemblance to Jackie, and his performance was so visceral that it proved to me that I couldn't have done it.

I wouldn't have had the courage to stand up to racism by NOT fighting back. I wouldn't have had the patience to bide my time until folks decided it was time to see me as being more than sub-human. I absolutely wouldn't have taken the risk of playing a game while people threatened my wife and child.

When Jackie finally got angry enough to smash his bat against a wall, that was the ONLY thing I could relate to - then to realize he had to go back out there because it was about MORE than just him - I was flabbergasted by his courage.

This is more than a film about baseball. The nuances like watching people in second class seating still turning out to support Robinson in full-on "Sunday church service" dress was poignant to me.

This movie ain't just about Jackie.

My mom is from New York, and she was 7 years old when Jackie joined the Dodgers. She remembers this clearly.

It's obvious why you (as I did) would take your kids to see this film as it shows what happened and how far we've come. For me, it shows what other people did FOR ME that I was incapable of doing for myself.

This film has some corny parts to it - like most films of this ilk, it sanitizes some things and does tie a nice bow on some issues glossed over in the retelling...

..that doesn't mean it's not a darned good film.

I'm pretty cynical these days. It's not often that I watch a film with a lump in my throat the whole time. I am indebted to the young actors who portrayed the people of my grandparents' generation with style, class and urgency.

I will own this film when it becomes available and that date can't come soon enough.

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