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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

Writer:

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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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$95,001,343, 21 July 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While it is true that Jackie Robinson didn't get a hit in his first game, he did get on base via a throwing error by Bob Elliott, third baseman for Boston. He scored later, when Pete Resier hit a double. See more »

Goofs

When Pee Wee Reese shows the threatening letter to Mr. Rickey, the door behind Pee Wee says "Private" backward because the lettering is on the other side of the window. The "R" in Private is facing the right way, when it should be backward. See more »

Quotes

reporter: Whatcha gonna do if one of these pitchers throws for your head?
Jackie Robinson: I'll duck.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Luca$ (2014) See more »

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Written by Albert von Tilzer and Jack Norworth
Performed by Ed Alstrom
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Fantastic
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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