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42

PG-13
Movie
2013
2h 8m
English
Drama
In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, took a stand against Major League Baseball's infamous colour line when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The deal put both men in the crosshairs of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and let his talent on the field wins over fans and his teammates – silencing his critics and forever changing the world by changing the game of baseball.
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42 (2013) on IMDb
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72

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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
Andr Holland
Wendell Smith
Alan Tudyk
Ben Chapman
Hamish Linklater
Ralph Branca
TR Knight
Harold Parrott
Toby Huss
Clyde Sukeforth
Max Gail
Burt Shotton
Brad Beyer
Kirby Higbe
Gino Anthony Pesi
Joe Garagiola
Brett Cullen
Clay Hopper
Jesse Luken
Eddie Stanky
Jamey Holliday
Pete Reiser
Derek Phillips
Bobby Bragan
Jamie Ruehling
Spider Jorgensen
Blake Sanders
Gene Hermanski
Johnny Knight
Carl Furillo
Clint OBrien
Hugh Casey
Dusan Brown
Ed Charles
Directed By: Brian Helgeland
Written By: Brian Helgeland (Screenplay)

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drqshadow says...
4 years ago
Jackie Robinson as a superhuman archetype, standing up to fierce racism and intentional beanballs with the same level of quiet resolve and solemn dignity. It's the sort of movie that writes itself, for better and (more commonly) for worse: one dramatic figure stands against the perils of an acidic hive mind and slowly turns the tide. On the very few occasions where we see cracks in Robinson's veneer, the film is intensely interesting. That's the real draw, to me, how a fiery man struggled to tame his very loud emotions in the pursuit of an insurmountably lofty, important ideal. 42 only gives us a brief taste, sadly, choosing instead to invest its time in tired, overplayed vignettes (hey, it turns out southerners were resistant to integration) and a thin, after-school-special grade performance from its cast. Harrison Ford is a lot of fun as the brash, cocksure executive Branch Rickey, who chose to integrate MLB on his own volition, but he's so makeup caked and under-inspected that it's tough to see the role as more than just a particularly eccentric joyride. Mildly effective, with a few dashes of quality spice, it whiffed on the potential to be so much more.
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NancyLDraper@gmail.com says...
11 months ago
This is more than a movie about baseball, it’s about courage, integrity and a shift in perspective. It can be very hard to watch at times because it is also a movie about hate, ignorance and the rape of a soul. The performances are stellar. Chadwick Boseman is perfect in the role. I tend to give high ratings for movies that inspire. This life is inspirational and the movie succeeds in capturing it in a dramatic 2 hours and 8 minutes. I give this film a 10 (inspirational) out of 10. [Drama]
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Copeland1994 says...
11 months ago
Despite loving baseball, sport biopics, Chadwick Boseman, I never got around to watching this one. Due to my lovely Movie Club, I was prompted to finally check it out. It is about as solid as expected. Everything about the movie, cast, plot is on par with any quality expectation you may have. Rating: 3.5/5 - 8/10 - Would Recommend
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Nibbix says...
9 months ago
The only thing I saw prior to watching the movie is Pee Wee walking up to Jackie and talking to him, this was a long time ago too. It did caught my attention and wanted to watch the whole thing. The movie actually didn't suprise me much, it's a great movie and definitely a must watch. I honestly wish they would've gone harder on the racism and [spoiler]even showed some scenes with one line saying Robinson was Court Marshaled and they didn't actually show it[/spoiler]. Just show it! People already saying the N-word very convincingly, as some actors are struggling with that. The opening scene with Harrison Ford is absolutely breathe taking and really pulls you into the movie from the start. His performance alone is already great and Chadwick with all the other actors just add to it. Hopefully this movie is true to the real story, as some might be off. I don't usually check that out, as it kind of ruins the movie. America remembering him and even having matches where everyone is using the number 42, absolutely amazing. Edit: Typos
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mooney240
2 years ago
**Overall : An incredibly inspiring story told with gravitas, quality, skill, and class.**

To see a film celebrate the character, resilience, and endurance of a man that withstood prejudice, violence, and bigotry without returning hatred with hatred is just inspiring—brilliant cast with incredi More
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