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At Theaters: 4/12/2013 On Video: 7/16/2013
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 8 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600059
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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The story of two men -- the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey -- whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the team, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey's hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking -- ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - This is a biopic based on the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, but it isn't an expansive biography covering either his whole life or career but only the beginning of his major league career. Newcomer Chadwick Boseman is the lead but Harrison Ford has a strong supporting plot. The film and its historical subject makes this fairly family friendly, but serious subject matter of racism is perhaps too heavy for very young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Chadwick Boseman THE EXPRESS, TV series LINCOLN HEIGHTS
Harrison Ford COWBOYS AND ALIENS, INDIANA JONES series
Nicole Beharie SHAME, AMERICAN VIOLET, THE LAST FALL
Wri/Dir: Brian Helgeland PAYBACK, A KNIGHT'S TALE
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About the Production
The Players
Dem Bums
Diamonds in the Rough
The Boys of Summer
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; 4 GD's; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Some hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent tobacco and some alcohol.
ACTION: Baseball action.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and kid humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Their authenticity and the lack of grievous mistakes in the way the game is represented, make this a worthwhile sports movie that's about more than winning and losing.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good From the soundtrack to the speechifying to the subject material to the script's somber tone, "42" has the uniform of an Oscar contender, but it falls short of Hall of Fame status. Jackie Robinson was great. "42" is good.

Washington Post Full Review
Good Brian Helgeland has finally succeeded in "42," a stirring, straightforward and ultimately soaring portrayal of Robinson's historic entry into Major League Baseball in 1947.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 176 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
14
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
13
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
11
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
63
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
68
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of xxx moviegoers:
OUTSTANDING REVIEWS! I can't remember seeing reviews this high in a long time. Virtually everyone enjoyed "42" very much with the vast majority indicating they loved it. It's very rare to see reviews this high for a basic human drama. High reviews like these are normally seen on the major blockbuster movies with big stars and bigger budgets. Even if you aren't a fan of baseball, "42" IS A MOVIE NOT TO BE MISSED!!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
In 1947, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and other players.

Facing blatant racism from every side, even his own team, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey's hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking -- ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.

In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 for all teams, making it the first number in sports to be universally retired. The only exception is every year on April 15th -- Jackie Robinson Day -- commemorating the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. On that day alone, players from every team proudly wear the number 42 to honor the man who altered the course of history.

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