MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 147 this week

42 (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  12 April 2013 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 60,886 users   Metascore: 62/100
Reviews: 196 user | 211 critic | 40 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 01 Jun 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 09 May 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 27 Jun 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 09 Feb 2014
 
a list of 46 titles
created 23 Jul 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "42" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: 42 (2013)

42 (2013) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of 42.

User Polls

4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Order (2003)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Shannyn Sossamon
The Express (2008)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder
Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown
Draft Day I (2014)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris
Payback: Straight Up (Video 2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Kwame Amoaku, Justin Ashforth, Len Bajenski
Coach Carter (2005)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard
Get on Up (2014)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd
Invincible (2006)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks
Moneyball (2011)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill
Glory Road (2006)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Director: James Gartner
Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Wendell Smith (as Andre Holland)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

42: The Jackie Robinson Story  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$95,001,343 (USA) (19 July 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kelley Jakle:  babysitter is played by the great-granddaughter of Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. See more »

Goofs

When he arrives at spring training for the Montreal Royals, Wendell Smith introduces himself to Robinson. In real life, the two had already met in 1945, when Smith had arranged a special try-out for Jackie Robinson with the Boston Red Sox. See more »

Quotes

Branch Rickey: We had a victory of fascism in Germany. It's time, time we had a victory over racism at home.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Review: Spring Trailer Park (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Begin The Beguine
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Melora Hardin
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


61 of 74 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What events in the movie are not historically accurate? dan-2199
Spike Lee should have directed this sixoneninereymysterio
Harrison Ford was great. What did you think of his performance? TheCritic89
Conservatives Talk Radio Listeners apregister08
White kid in the stands at the Reds game jd_michaels
Harrison Ford snubbed at the Golden Globes 2014... Kachito82
Discuss 42 (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page