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Brian Helgeland


Harrison Ford
Jon Bernthal
Chadwick Boseman
Christopher Meloni
T.R. Knight
Nicole Beharie





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The story behind Jackie Robinson's historical turn at breaking the color barrier in baseball, with guidance from Brooklyn Dodger's executive director Ricky Branch. -- Chris Kavan

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Rousing sports drama that hits all the right notes. Chadwick Boseman is excellent as Jackie Robinson while Harrison Ford is clearly having fun as the wily Dogders' director.

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hoods_breath 12/19/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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As far as white-guilt movies go, this is one of the better ones.

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Matthew Brady 01/10/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I smell oscar this year.42. this movie has good acting/good story/and some parts that go slow a bit but that's it .

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05/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"I'm just a ball player...You're a hero." The plot revolves around the talented Jackie Robinson (Boseman) and compassionate Branch Rickey (Ford). Despite some historical inaccuracies and slow buildup of the story, the overall production was skillful. The performance of Harrison Ford was refreshing and Boseman provided authenticity. Cinematography and score matched well with the poignant scenes. Screenplay was powerful with lines: "This is a strange world now." - Branch and "Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42, so nobody could tell us apart." Pee Wee Reese. One of those pictures where the ride was better than the destination. 42 expressively shows the distinction of colored people and whites and how a single man changed everything in the sport of baseball.

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04/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Formulaic, but Engaging

Like most sports movies, 42 is easy to like, but hard to love. The underdog story is worth cheering on, and the protagonist is likeable enough to root for. A little humor, some soft moments, and the written epilogue adds up to a whole lot of formula, but still makes for a surprisingly engaging baseball tale.

Jackie Robinson is making history as the first African-American to break the baseball "color line." Only white men had previously been accepted as professional baseball players, but Branch Rickey decides it's time for an exception. Still, this is no happy ending, as Robinson must learn to control his temper, and stay cool under pressure, as thousands of baseball fans would love to see the man dead.

Let me make it clear that 42 does almost nothing that one could consider to b...

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04/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


42 (2013) This film tells the courageous story of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) who was signed by Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) to the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player to break the baseball “color line.” Unfortunately, this film doesn’t live up to the legend of Robinson as it’s filled with clichéd moments, some of which made me cringe. Chadwick Boseman just doesn’t have the charisma that Robinson had, making it hard to see why people were so enamored not just with the baseball player, but with the man, himself. And I hated Harrison Ford in the role of Rickey, as Ford plays him way over the top, almost making it a parody of the man who changed baseball. I also wanted to see the time that Robinson spent in Montreal, playing Triple A baseball, as I know tha...

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