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42 (Blu-ray) (2013)

Chadwick Boseman , Harrison Ford , Brian Helgeland  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,237 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland
  • Directors: Brian Helgeland
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland
  • Producers: Thomas Tull, Dick Cook, Jon Jashni, Jason Clark
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: July 16, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NNM9TU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "42 (Blu-ray)" on IMDb

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In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking MLB's infamous color line and forever changing history.

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plaaaay Ballll! April 9, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
"Plaaaay Ballllll!" Yes, the Boys of Summer are at it again and this time, I learned a LOT about where American baseball has been and the fundamental changes that have happened in my lifetime. Even though we already know how it ends, thanks to a terrific PG-13 script by Brian Helgeland (Oscar for "L.A. Confidential") this insight into the Great American Pastime is an excellent reminder of how far we have come, thanks to courageous trail blazers like Jackie Robinson, who integrated professional baseball in 1945 at the instigation of Branch Rickey, a baseball executive who loved the game.

We cringe at the language used to attack our hero, we are saddened by the refusal of hotels and restaurants to serve a team that includes a black man, we are enraged by the racist heckling that takes place and we cheer when we see a man quietly rise above the rancor and "just play ball."

Here is a sample of the (huge) wonderful cast:
* Chatwick Boseman ("The Express" and lots of TV) is heroic as the legendary Jackie Robinson, whose Brooklyn Dodgers uniform boasts a "42" on the back. Despite Jim Crow laws, blatant racism and a potential lynch mob, he staunchly maintains, "I'm just here to play baseball."
* Nicole Beharie ("Shame") is Robinson's gentle wife, Rachel, who is the calm at the center of his storm. The Robinsons are from Pasadena, so neither of them had ever encountered segregation; they had only read about it.
* Harrison Ford ("Ender's Game" SOON!) is marvelous as Branch Rickey, the man who first brings a black man (Robinson) into Big League Baseball. He pulls no punches when he lays out what is in store for Robinson; he gives excellent advice. He explains that "God is a Methodist.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of Real Life Heroism April 14, 2013
Format:DVD
When I was a kid Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey were history, I read about them in books. But my baseball heroes were Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins, to me they were always just baseball players, their being black wasn't a factor in either my liking or disliking of them, and "42" brings home the truly heroic effort and forces Jackie Robinson had to overcome.

"Sports movies" are best when they're a metaphor for other areas of our lives. "Field of Dreams" isn't really about baseball, "Rocky" isn't really about boxing, and "Hoosiers" really isn't about basketball. What those movies speak to are other forces in our lives that hopefully bring out the best in us, and while "42" isn't metaphorical it speaks directly to our views of race and racism.

"42" takes place between 1946 and 1948 when Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) brought Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the Brooklyn Dodgers and integrated baseball. The plot is as simple as that, the story isn't. Robinson was virtually alone, Martin Luther King Jr was still a high school student, Rosa Parks hadn't yet refused to sit at the back of the bus (although Robinson had and was court-martialed for it in the military), those who believed in him were his wife Rachael (Nicole Beharie) and Rickey. Robinson didn't even have the backing of his teammates who started a petition refusing to play with Robinson, slowly Robinson won over their respect. The way Robinson won over their respect, besides being a great ballplayer was to smile while epithets and threats were hurled at him, to get back up after players on opposing teams purposefully injured him.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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42, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, is based on the real-life story of Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to play in the major leagues. Robinson's story is well known to many, but to anyone who isn't, 42 (Robinson's number when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers) will serve to acquaint them with the man and his achievements against the backdrop of the times he lived through. The cast is excellent and give outstanding performances, particularly when recreating the feel of the times and the way it felt to watch Robinson play.

The story begins in 1945, when Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (a deftly turned performance by Harrison Ford) makes the decision that his team is going to be the first major league baseball team to recruit and field a black player. He takes his time, going over the various prospects with his staff, and finally settles on a short-stop currently playing for a black league team, the Kansas City Monarchs, Jackie Robinson (terrifically played by Chadwick Boseman). The film then follows Robinson's career, starting with his being signed to Rickey's minor-league Montreal Royals for the 1946 season, and then his move up to the big league Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

One of the best things about 42 is that it does show just how racially divided American was in the years following WWII and how openly hostile - and acted upon - the racism was in those days. This is absolutely vital to the film in order to show just how daring - and risky - Rickey's decision was, and how daunting the challenge was for Robinson to was to step up to the plate and face the hostility of not only the crowds but also that of his own teammates as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars #42 Jackie Robinson
#42 Jackie Robinson. the DVD is very good. I liked it a lot. I think its great that MLB honors Jackie on his birthday by everyone on every team wearing the Jersey with the #42... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Casandra
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Work
This movie was probably Harrison Ford's best performance, bar none.

42 is the Jackie Robinson Story plain and simple. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Very good movie that touches on many pieces of American history, e.g. racism, baseball, and an American sports legend. Read more
Published 3 days ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are all those guys wearing #42 on April 15th?
If you like baseball you have to have this DVD in your collection. If you have younger relatives or children that are athletes and don't know the story or anything about civil... Read more
Published 4 days ago by garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film...lots of great lessons learned here...
I liked this film. I'm not a big film guy, but I really enjoyed 42. I'd recommend it! Lots of lessons in this little film.
Published 9 days ago by S. Osterloh
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally recommended
Is such a good movie. I was crying the entire movie. I couldn't believe how people was threaten. Is on my top movies
Published 10 days ago by Lessly Ruelas
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie to teach Civil Rights issues
I was surprised at how well written and the movie was. My middle school students saw how Jackie Robinson was able to overcome extreme prejudice and retain dignity.
Published 11 days ago by Sally Ann Joanis
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping sports biography film
FORTY-TWO is a "bio-pic" about baseball legend, Jackie Robinson. The movie is fast-paced, and there are no sequences near the middle of the picture, where not much happens (as is... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tom Brody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I love this movie! I first saw it in the movie theatre and, since I'm a sap for true stories, I decided to buy the DVD.
Published 13 days ago by Sharon1928
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!!
This movie gives me inspiration to continue with my aspirations and goals. I am truly humbled by the strength and courage of Jackie Robinson.
Published 13 days ago by Truth Serum
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