The story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. Drafted in 1946 by Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. A story of extraordinary talent and strength of will to overcome the racism in the U.S. at the time. Robinson was truly exceptional as an athlete and a human being. He had a small support group – his wife, an African-American sportswriter and especially team owner, Branch Rickey. Throughout the DVD, I was wondering what drove Rickey to recruit Jackie. At first, he had quick answers – “We’re both Methodists.” He explains to Jackie that when he was a college baseball coach, he had an African-American catcher on the team and the kid was constantly harassed and Rickey says he didn’t do enough to help the kid. “It was unfair at the heart of the game I love. You (Jackie) let me love baseball again.” Some parts of the DVD get a bit sappy, other parts were almost unbearable to watch – the racist rants of the Philadelphia team manager. Overall, a good film, interesting, no swearing or sex, the racists comments mat be too much or unsettling for young children. You don’t have to love baseball to watch, a good DVD about race relations and those who can rise above the hate and hurt and display the brilliance of their being.
Very well done movie that depicts the life of Jackie Robinson , interesting .
An excellent movie, though a little antiseptic. The scene where the Phillies manager stands in front of his dugout and hurls obscene language and racial slurs while Jackie stands in at the plate is fantastic, worth a screening of the entire film. Equality, baby, that's what it's all about -- or should be. A society constantly striving for equality is a strong one, something the power elite of today have forgotten. 42 brings that message home.
A poignant look into the challenges Jackie Robinson faced as the first African American player in major league baseball. Branch Rickey, who is wonderfully portrayed by Harrison Ford, was truly a pioneer. I highly recommend this film.
I thought it was a good movie in spite of some of the overly dramatic and sappy scenes. That's Hollywood for you. Alan Tudyk is one of my favorite actors who usually does comedy, but he sure knows how to play a bad guy too. I can't imagine anyone playing a racist bigot better than he did.
My son and I really enjoyed this movie.
An extremely well done movie about Jackie Robinson's inaugural season in Major League baseball, and the obstacles he had to overcome as the game's first black player. Harrison Ford is especially good as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers owner who brought Robinson to the big leagues.
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