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Biographical drama about African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson, here portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. In 1945, having been spotted by a scout, Robinson is signed by Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) and becomes the first black man to play in the Major League. Despite his talent, Robinson is met with opposition, even from his fellow players, because of his race. As he tries to keep his own frustrations in check, he excels in his sport and gradually receives the recognition he deserves.

Starring:
Christopher Meloni, Hamish Linklater
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Forty Two

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Christopher Meloni, Hamish Linklater, Alan Tudyk, Lucas Black, T.R. Knight, Ryan Merriman, Harrison Ford, Andre Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie
Director Brian Helgeland
Genres Drama
Studio Warner Bros
Rental release 4 April 2014
Main languages English

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lucy fensom on 6 Dec. 2013
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An absolutely wonderful, deeply moving film all based on the true life events of Jackie Robinson. He was a true star and his little life was made so unbearable by intolerance and pure hatred which I see as nothing but jealousy. Stunning performances by all especially of course, Chadwick Boseman. I watched this on a flight and so look forward to seeing it again when it's out on dvd in February. It's a 'must see'...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 29 May 2014
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"Break an unwritten law and you will be an out cast."

Facing an uphill battle Branch Ricky (Harrison Ford) finds the right African-American ballplayer to break the color barrier in baseball. Rickey's reasons are diverse being both altruistic, having a sense of justice, old guilty feelings, and the desire to win and make money. Chadwick Boseman portrays the Jackie Robinson of legend, an overly talented, silent, and classy individual. While the film is about him, it shows things that go on behind the scenes.

The film starts with a quick background and goes into Jackie's minor league trials and tribulations on and off the field. Ricky supported Robinson off the field anyway he could, but on the field Jackie was alone. It shows the break through of his teammates to overcome the prejudicial urges they grew up with. Minds winning over emotions to do what was right.

Don't get me wrong, it shows whites behaving badly and makes Philadelphia look bad. It gives us a glimpse of the ugly side of baseball, one we really don't want to see. In spite of the heavy and historical use of the N-word, it is a film that makes audiences stand up and applaud.

What the film doesn't tell you about is all the children that were named Jack or Jackie because of this man.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Frequent racial slurs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dale on 17 Mar. 2014
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After seeing this on the shevles in the store i decided to take a look & the movie was really good i enjoyed all of it & the fact its based on a true story of what one man had to over come makes to pursue his dream of playing profesonal baseball makes it even better
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A C on 26 Feb. 2014
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This is a lovely story about the "black man" overcoming racism in the years when segregation was normal especially down south of USA. This is based on a true story of the first Black Major League Baseball Player and is well told, shot and portrayed. But I think it could have been better if it had been made longer and dug a little deeper into this fascinating story. If you want a better film then watch The Express. But still it is an enjoyable film and worth a watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Chelton on 15 Feb. 2014
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a really good film as i like most sports movies it was nice to add to my collection loved it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr F on 26 Mar. 2014
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A fantastic film with a strong performance from both Ford and Boseman. A perfect addition to my great DVD collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on 3 Mar. 2014
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A wonderfully acted and made film. I really enjoyed the story. I recommend others to buy this DVD. Be apart of history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander J. R. Davidson on 17 April 2014
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a fantastic film that really must be on everybody's bucket list. based on fact, this moving piece of cinematography will leave the viewer routing whole heartedly for the underdog
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