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It's mind-boggling to think that within living memory someone had to be the first black player in the big leagues, and this movie does a terrific job of telling that astonishing story. Inspirational is a good description of this film, as brave people put their careers and even their lives on the line to strike a blow at the institutionalized evil of racism in America. Harrison Ford is terrific as Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, a man whose many baseball innovations included breaking the color battier by signing Jackie Robinson. Chadwick Boseman is also good as Robinson, although perhaps because of the screenplay he comes across as slightly more sainted than Robinson really was. As played by Boseman, Robinson suffers in silence more than he really did, as the real Robinson apparently could be shrill and was known to talk his own share of trash from the dugout. It's also a bit disappointing that the film doesn't show that Rickey was not the only baseball executive trying to integrate baseball, as there were some like National League president Ford Frick who told white players threatening a boycott that they would never play in the league again--in the movie it seems like it's Rickey and Robinson against the world. But overall this is an uplifting film, and you don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it, as it deals with the point where America finally began to deal with the ugly reality of racism. This is one of those movies that every kid in school should see.
We often associate the Civil Rights Movement in the United States with events such as the Montgomery, Alabama, Bus Boycott of the 1950's, and the marches on Washington D.C. of Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960's. However, ten years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in the segregated south, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers had to endure the kind of abuse and cruelty most of us today regard as vicious, unconscionable, and even unforgivable. The heroism of Robinson is summed up by the film "42" which is also credits the man who decided to allow the first African-American baseball player to don a uniform of a team in the White Major Leagues, Branch Ricky. (The so-called Negro Leagues were as professional and quite profitable prior to Robinson's crossing the racial barrier.)
In the words of George Will as stated in Ken Burns' documentary "Baseball" Jackie Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman in an academy-award caliber performance, was the first heroic figure of what will become the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Robinson, according to Will, was nearly as important to the movement as Dr. King. This outstanding biopic chronicles the man who challenged current status quo while playing highly competitive athletic competitions amidst jibes, curses, and epithets. To understand what Robinson endured and still be able to compete in professional baseball at the highest levels, is no less than an extraordinary achievement in the human drama of any age of history, according to Wills.
The story is presented from three perspectives: mostly from Jackie Robinson's eyes, occasionally from his wife's (played by Nicole Beharie), and from the perspective of the man who made the controversial move, Branch Rickie, played by Harrison Ford in possibly the finest performance of his career. (My hope is both Boseman and Ford will be nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscars, respectively.) According to the film, Robinson had two gifts, his ability as an outstanding athlete by any standard, and his ability to take the blows of hatred without retaliation. In Ricky's words, Robinson had to be man enough and big enough to turn the other cheek, as Gandhi did in South Africa and India, and as Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights protesters did shortly thereafter.
On one level the film is a triumph of the human spirit but also a sobering indictment of what America had been prior to the Civil Rights Movement: a racially intolerant nation. Some of the most heroic moments are when Robinson is the target of such vitriolic abuse that he nearly breaks down but finds the courage to rise and take the field again amidst the mockery of opponents and spectators. Nearly as compelling are when his teammates begin to stand up for him and point out the cowardice of his abusers. Even Branch Ricky in one memorable scene, acknowledges that he doesn't know the pain of the abuse thrown at Robinson, and he supports Robinson as if they are both enduring these tests of character together to some degree. In a poignant moment, Ricky reveals why he made the first step towards integrating White Major League Baseball. "42" is without question the best offering in film thus far in 2013. Hopefully, the Academy of Motion Pictures will bring deserved nominations to all the leads, and hopefully the film will garner a few wins. Robinson deserves another home run because he made American Baseball truly the "national" pastime rather than the segregated sport it had been.
As a baseball fan who isn't quite old enough to have seen Robinson play, I'm still waiting to see a Robinson biopic that looks unflinchingly at the outrageous task the Dodgers' GM, Branch Rickey, asked Robinson to perform for his team and for major league baseball. Sure, Branch Rickey/Harrison Ford tells his prospective player he's looking for someone who has the courage *not* to fight back when he's taunted unmercifully by racists -- and, as I understand it, that's pretty much what Rickey really said to Robinson. But as a middle-aged white guy with a lick of common sense I've long suspected Rickey's ironclad job requirement is one virtually no one could have had the mettle to meet. Robinson did his best, of course, and what he achieved in 10 seasons can honestly be called heroic. But he also died at 53, and it's hard to avoid feeling the terrible gauntlet he ran in the majors shortened his life.
Still, if you love baseball you'll likely get a kick out of this movie. The only thing in it I found genuinely puzzling was John C. McGinley's performance as Dodgers radio announcer Red Barber. As a southerner Barber likely had issues of his own working for a Dodgers team that had suddenly embarked on integrating baseball. But McGinley unaccountably gives Barber a New England accent, which in retrospect seems somehow a way of minimizing any idle speculation the audience may have had about what this Mississippi boy may have felt about Robinson joining the team.
BTW: The real Jackie Robinson actually starred in the very first "42" -- a low-budget 1950 biopic called "The Jackie Robinson Story." A great movie it ain't -- Robinson was never in danger of Oscar consideration -- but as a baseball curio with the man himself front and center (and a young Ruby Dee as his wife) it's absolutely worth seeing. And yeah, it's available on Amazon instant video.
This is one damn good movie. I would recommend this to anyone, whether you are a baseball fan or not. I have heard in reality Jackie Robinson was treated, even worse than the movie indicates, as he tried to be the first black player to play in the major league. So, maybe in is not 100% accurate in that respect. However, this is based on a true story. and I did hear this is historically accurate. Definitely, a Blu-ray I need to add to my collection.
Habe mir den Film bei Lovefilm geliehen und werde ihn sofort kaufen. Ein Stück Geschichte, von Männern, die Mut gegenüber dem täglichen Rassismus und den Vorurteilen (auch teilweise gebildeter) Mitmenschen gezeigt haben.
Der Film an sich ist schön und gut gemacht, sehr authenthisch aus der Zeit, aber was mich so jede Minute berühert hat ist, dass es wahr ist, dass jemand tatsächlich soviel Mut gezeigt hat, soviel Beherrschung und soviel Mitgefühl.
Jemand hat sich ohne Not (der GM der Dodgers) aus einer komfortablen Position als Präsident eines erfolgreichen Baseballteams aufgemacht, seines eigenen Gewissens wegen, um das ungeschrieben Gesetz der damaligen weißen Major League zu brechen. Weil er sich vor sich selbst und vor Gott verantworten möchte.
Die unglaubliche Beherrschung von Jacki Robinson, sich den täglichen großen und kleinen Anfeindungen zu stellen - ohne sich zu wehren, weil es ungerechterweise eben immer er sein würde, der dann in der Öffentlichkeit gekreuzigt werden würde und das ganze Experiment scheitern lassen hätte (sehr schön und klar dargestellt in verschiedenen Szenen im Film mit Harrison Ford, wo diese Ungerechtigkeit ganz klar bestätigt wird, dass immer der Schwarze der Schuldige gewesen wäre).
Und sehr berührend der Wandel seiner eigenen Teamkameraden, von einer Petition gegen ihn am Anfang bis hin zum Anerkennen als Teamkollege, der für sie kämpft und dem das Team zu einem großen Teil den Sieg der Series verdankt. Ganz stark die Endszene mit dem Captain Pe Wee -ä um nicht zu spoilern, verrate ich nichts, aber mir standen heute alleine beim erzählen die Tränen in den Augen.
Habe sofort im Internet recherchiert, auch das Retirement der 42, den 15.4. als Jacky Rabonson Tag usw.
Wer nicht nur einfach Filme liebt, sondern sich für Mut und Courage interessiert, der sollte sich den Film gerne ansehen.
Ähnliche Filme aus meiner Sicht sind:
"Gegen jede Regel / Against all rules" "Men of Honour"
Spielen ähnlich im USA während der Rassentrennung / Aufhebung bzw eben in der Zeit, in der die ersten Afro-Amerikaner sich Positionen erkämpfen und haben mich ähnlich sprachlos zurückgelassen. Ebenfalls authenthische Geschichten.
Man vergisst oder verdrängt es, aber es gab eine Zeit in Amerika, als die Weissen und Farbigen selbst beim Sport getrennt waren. Das ist noch garnicht solange her. In 42 geht es um die wahre Geschichte des Jackie Robinson, der als erster Farbiger es von der Negro League in die Major League Baseball es schaffte. 42 war seine Rückennummer. Er wurde diskriminiert, angefeindet und bedroht nur aufgrund seiner Hautfarbe. Er wollte nur Baseball spielen.. Zu seinem 90igsten Geburtstag ( 2009 ) wurden viele Artikel veröffentlich und Lobeshymnen auf ihn angestimmt. Am besten fand ich die Aussage: Obama des Baseballs. Bis heute ist die Rückennummer 42 nicht wieder vergeben worden, aus Respekt. Der Film erzählt seinen Werdegang, er verzettelt sich nicht in Heroismus, sondern wird sehr sachlich und straight erzählt. Absolut sehenswert ist Harrison Ford !
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Reviewed in Italy on April 27, 2014
Si sono visti molti film sul razzismo ma questa è la storia di unomo nella posizione forse più difficile del mondo. Immaginate di non essere solo parte di una minoranza con grossi problemi ad essere accettata ma anche di essere L'UNICO nello sport in cui siete bravi. Coraggiosi coloro che lo reclutarono e lui straordinario oltre ogni dire per aver rischiato persino la vita per aver avuto il coraggio di essere l'unico. Praticando uno sport non si salva il mondo ma si possono aprono le menti, in un modo o nell'altro.
Da tanto tempo aspettavo di vedere questo film e finalmente ne ho avuto l'occasione. Da anni sono appassionato di baseball e la storia di Jackie Robinson mi ha sempre affascinato. Il film è molto fedele alla realtà ed è adatto anche a chi non segue lo sport. Veramente bello, lo consiglio a tutti!
Im Grunde ein dankbares Thema: eine absolute Sportlegende aufgrund der sportlichen Leistung, aber auch aufgrund der historischen Umstände. Schauspielerleistung mittelmäßig ebenso ohne große Szenen runtererzählt, daher für mich nur mittelmäßig.
It's a light-hearted, evenly-paced movie that is good for the whole family. It touches on the racism that existed in baseball during that era without being preachy. It warms the heart to read the stats at the end of the movie. Jackie Robinson was a real hero to many people. I think this is Harrison Ford's greatest acting job and each time I watch it I am still amazed at how I forget it is Harrison Ford.
... ist eigentlich vom Thema her nicht unser Ding, aber Harrison Ford als Darsteller hat bei uns den Ausschlag zum Kauf gegeben. Wir haben den Kauf nicht bereut. Der Film ist Klasse und hat uns sehr gut gefallen, obwohl ich wie gesagt angesichts des Themas so meine Bedenken hatte.
5.0 out of 5 starsEinen Film den man gesehen haben sollte
Reviewed in Germany on November 7, 2014
Ja was will man dazu sagen,ich finde es einfach mal gut das man nicht immer diese Actionfilme hat die eigentlich immer das gleiche zeigen sondern auch mal Filme die eine Geschichte haben und wenn Sie dann auch wirklich so passiert ist (klar mit sicher Abweichungen) gucke ich mir das sehr gerne an. Ein Top Film und eine klare Kaufempfehlung.