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42 (2013)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 April 2013 (USA)
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This movie is about Jackie Robinson and his journey to becoming a Brooklyn Dodger and his life during that time.

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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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42: The Jackie Robinson Story  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,487,144 (USA) (14 April 2013)

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$95,001,343 (USA) (21 July 2013)
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Branch Rickey blurts out "Judas Priest!" According to those closest to Rickey, that was the worst profanity he ever uttered. See more »

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Music comes from the car radio as soon as the switch clicks. Car radios had vacuum tubes until the mid 1950s, and needed to warm up for 5 or 10 seconds before any sound was produced. See more »

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Jackie Robinson: You want a player who doesn't have the guts to fight back?
Branch Rickey: No. No. I want a player who's got the guts not to fight back. People aren't gonna like this. They're gonna do anything to get you to react. Echo a curse with a curse and, uh, they'll hear only yours. Follow a blow with a blow and they'll say, "The Negro lost his temper." That "The Negro does not belong." Your enemy will be out in force... and you cannot meet him on his own low ground. We win with hitting, running, fielding. Only that. ...
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.134 (2013) See more »

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Shame On You
Written by Spade Cooley (as Donnell Clyde Cooley, Jr.)
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Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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42 is a near-great depiction of Jackie Robinson's breaking the color line in baseball history
18 April 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

A few years ago during Black History Month, I reviewed The Jackie Robinson Story which starred Robinson. I mentioned he wasn't much of an actor but his skill in baseball was the reason he was used, anyway, so that made it worth seeing. So now we have another depiction of his major league career as portrayed by Chadwick Boseman and, man, he gets to portray his anger after getting some really appalling comments from a manager of the Pirates team (Alan Tudyk, in a really brave performance). But we also see Robinson get some support from his wife, Rachel (Nicole Beharie), a fellow African-American reporting on him named Wendell Smith (Andre Holland), and especially, Brooklyn Dodgers head Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). In fact, the most touching part was when Rickey mentions something in his past that made him pick someone like Jackie for his team. So for every awful depiction of racism, there's a just as inspirational depiction of strength among his team of overcoming those odds. So on that note, I highly recommend 42.


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