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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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Brian Helgeland

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Brian Helgeland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chadwick Boseman ... Jackie Robinson
Harrison Ford ... Branch Rickey
Nicole Beharie ... Rachel Robinson
Christopher Meloni ... Leo Durocher
Ryan Merriman ... Dixie Walker
Lucas Black ... Pee Wee Reese
André Holland ... Wendell Smith (as Andre Holland)
Alan Tudyk ... Ben Chapman
Hamish Linklater ... Ralph Branca
T.R. Knight ... Harold Parrott
John C. McGinley ... Red Barber
Toby Huss ... Clyde Sukeforth
Max Gail ... Burt Shotton
Brad Beyer ... Kirby Higbe
James Pickens Jr. ... Mr. Brock
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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)

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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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Official Sites:

Filmnegah [Iran] | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Jackie Robinson Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,487,144, 14 April 2013

Gross USA:

$95,020,213

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,470,701
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Branch Rickey is Harrison Ford's second film role playing a real life character. The first was Capt. Alexei Vostrikov, based on Nikolai Vladimirovich Zateyev, in K-19: The Widowmaker (2002). See more »

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Gene Hermanski is portrayed batting with his right hand. In real life, Hermanski was a left-handed batter. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Ben Chapman: Why don'tcha look in a mirror? This is a white man's game!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.142 (2013) See more »

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Moon Glow
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If you think you've seen this before, you're wrong!
12 May 2013 | by nikashviliSee all my reviews

42 is a movie about that particular black man, who entered the league for the very first time, challenged everyone, including his teammates and won. Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) became the pioneer athlete to stand alongside the white sportsmen on the field when segregation & racial discrimination was a "rule" in United States. However, film does not actually follow the whole story of Jackie, it more tells a story of racial revolution in baseball, which escalated after one bold decision of Brooklyn Dodgers executive - Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). Branch was the first manager to hire a black man, a talented black man who ran fast, who could catch any ball and who could bring hundreds of black spectators to the field. And since every of them, regardless their skin color paid money to see Robinson playing, this new transfer to the team could be successful.

Brian Helgeland wrote a pretty interesting and engaging script, with really good dialogues (well, he has a great experience of it from LA Confidential and Mystic River). Even though there is no much tension in the movie, it still makes you enjoy every minute of it. At first I was not comfortable with the idea of racial discrimination, because I've seen so many good movies on this topic, and it just makes me feel bored. Most of them look like each other much. I believe that any film that regards this topic, shall be very much emotional, which helps director to deliver a message successfully. The last film that affected on me, and for sure on every person, was The Help - a masterful presentation of historic segregation. But 42 does not arise rave emotions, it instead provokes great satisfaction. That is why 42 is an above average film.

Picking totally unfamiliar actor, Chadwick Boseman, for lead role, which actually presents the whole idea of the movie, is a risky choice by director. But Jackie was exactly as it should be. Chad delivers a passionate, evolving character who struggles with his emotions and almost every person surrounding him. His convincing performance is really worth to call potentially one of the best performances this year.

And Harrison Ford, it's been years I've not seen him acting well. In fact, the portrait of Branch Rickey is one of the best performances he'd ever had. Even though Mr. Ford gets older, he can make Brooklyn Dodgers story unbelievably interesting.

As for the rest of cast, everyone is good. Maybe not the best actors you can imagine, but they make a good team and there is nothing we can reject about their performances.


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