42: The Jackie Robinson Story
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And the Game Changed Forever
In 1947, Jackie Robinson rewrote the future of pro baseball when he broke through the racial barrier to become the first African American MLB player in modern history. Both moving and inspirational, the film 42 follows Robinson’s trials and tribulations as he signs on to the Brooklyn Dodgers under legendary team manager Branch Rickey.
This film broke the record for highest box office opening weekend by a baseball movie.
It was the first time in Harrison Ford’s acting career that he portrayed a real-life character.
As of 2014, no major league player will be allowed to wear #42 without special request or approval.
Although Chadwick Boseman underwent weeks of baseball training to prepare for his lead role, former minor league player Jasha Balcom stood in for him in some scenes.
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- A must-own for every baseball enthusiast
- Available on DVD or Blu-ray
- A poignant drama, with moments of unexpected wit
- More than 2 hours of memorable entertainment
- Recommended for ages 12 and up
Meet the Cast
Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman)
For Jackie Robinson, life was hard from the beginning. But his early days helped prepare him for what was about to be his toughest challenge of all. As the first player of color in major league baseball, he would face abuse and hostility, both on and off the field. But as Jackie fights to take his place in the game, he finds friends and fans when he least expects it.
Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford)
Declaring that money is green, not black or white, the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers executive is bound and determined to bring the first African American player to major league baseball. A stubborn man bent on achieving his mission against all objections, Rickey ultimately not only changes baseball, but also changes America.
Rachel Robinson (Nicole Beharie)
As Jackie’s loving and devoted wife, Rachel (Rae) is also caught up in the storm of events surrounding her husband’s publicity, yet she provides the strong support Jackie needs to survive.
Leo Durocher (Christopher Meloni)
Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers before Jackie joins the team, it’s Leo’s job to get his players in line when it comes to supporting their new teammate.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am glad that they had the right manager and right player meeting at the right time in history.Published 1 day ago by Gary W. Crane
A wonderful baseball memory which happened before my time.Published 5 days ago by Ronald B. Richardson
We had high expectations, as it came strongly recommended. We thought it was just okay. It needed more nuance,though perhaps the historical context was out of our reach (? Read morePublished 20 days ago by I. Yen