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 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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Four players from the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers were still alive when this film came out: Tommy Brown, Ralph Branca, Marv Rackley, and Don Lund. See more »

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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 »

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Mr. Brock: Well, the wife's inside cookin'. You know what she asked me? She asked me this mornin', "What do you serve when a hero comes to dinner?"
Jackie Robinson: Um, Mr. Brock, I'm just a ball player.
Mr. Brock: Oh no no, you tell that to the little colored boys playin' baseball in Florida today. To them, you a hero.
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Referenced in Home & Family: Episode dated 12 April 2013 (2013) See more »

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Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Written by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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13 April 2013 | by T-FizzleSee all my reviews

I did not expect a movie like this to be so good!

The acting was brilliant. Chad Boseman as Jackie Robinson did fantastic job playing his character. You can feel the turmoil building up inside him every time some racist moron starts to provoke him. Most of the time, I felt so much sympathy for him.

Harrison Ford should be nominated for an Academy Award. From beginning to end, he was spot on. He's one of the only people in the movie who actually treats Jackie like a human being from the beginning.

The other actors were good too.

With almost every sports movie, you can pretty much tell were the story was going. I will admit it was kind of predictable, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.

The racism. Oh god. I understand that the film was set in the 40s and that's how it was back then, but the racism in this film angered me to no end. I could not stand some of these characters, especially one that stood out as the biggest piece of garbage in this entire film. I can't blame the filmmakers for that; in fact, if they did sugarcoat the language, I don't think the film would have been as strong. I guess the only good thing that comes out of it is how it helps build Jackie's character. You could feel the rage building up inside him.

I guess the only problem I have is how there was not as much baseball as there should have been in a movie about a baseball player. The gaming scenes were a lot of fun to watch but I felt that they were a bit too short.

Overall, the acting was great, the characters were great, and the story was great. If you're a sports fan, 42 is film worth checking out.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Jackie Robinson Project See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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