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42 (2013)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 April 2013 (USA)
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In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Robinson
... Branch Rickey
... Rachel Robinson
... Leo Durocher
... Dixie Walker
... Pee Wee Reese
... Wendell Smith (as Andre Holland)
... Ben Chapman
... Ralph Branca
... Harold Parrott
... Red Barber
... Clyde Sukeforth
... Burt Shotton
... Kirby Higbe
... Mr. Brock
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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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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12 April 2013 (USA)  »

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42: The Jackie Robinson Story  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,487,144, 14 April 2013, Wide Release

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$95,001,343, 21 July 2013
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The last scene of the movie takes place at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. As Jackie Robinson rounds the bases for his home run, one shot includes the Cathedral of Learning, a famous building at the University of Pittsburgh. In real life, Forbes Field was right next to the university. Forbes Field was torn down after the Pirates moved to Three Rivers Stadium in 1970, and the university kept home plate in its exact location. Forbes Field's home plate is encased in the ground at the same location as in the movie, in William Posvar Hall at the University of Pittsburgh. See more »

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In 1947, after signing Hank Greenberg, the left field fence in Forbes Field was shortened to allow for more homers, and was labeled "Greenberg Gardens." The bullpens were also there. When Jackie homers off Ostermueller, the old fence and layout are shown. See more »

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Branch Rickey: Jackie Robinson. A black man in white baseball.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.142 (2013) See more »

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Extraordinary Performances by young actors
13 April 2013 | by 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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