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Release Date: April 12th, 2013

DVD Release Date: July 16th, 2013

PG-13|2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary
In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, André Holland, Alan Tudyk

Director: Brian Helgeland

Genres: Historical drama, Biography

Production Co: Legendary Pictures

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: 1940s, 1950s, Rise, Touching

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  • 42 doesn't shirk from showing how daunting it was for Robinson to turn the other cheek, as Ford's Rickey tells him he must do, in the face of the insults and hostility. show more

  • What's been carefully filtered out of the film as a whole is the tumult and passion of Robinson's life. show more

  • Pretty when it should be gritty and grandiosely noble instead of just telling it like it was, 42 needlessly trumps up but still can't entirely spoil one of the great American 20th century true-life stories, the breaking of major league baseball's color line by Jackie Robinson. show more

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