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42 (2013) Movie review – the true story of baseball’s American Legend Jackie Robinson

Harrison Ford on the red carpet at premiere night in Holllywood.

This story was first published on Examiner.com

Harrison Ford’s newest movie hit a grand slam performance with team player Chadwick Boseman at the box office for “42″ movie”. According to the movie website Box Office Mojo opening day, ’42’ ($9,100,000) is on track to become the “best debut ever” for a baseball movie. Even #2Scary Movie 5 did half as good ($5,515,000) and third place Evil Dead (2013)($3,200,000) on opening day.

Jackie Robinson widow Rachel (center) with family and friends on Premiere night for “42” movie at TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood, CA.
  Chadwick Boseman, Actress Calista Flockhart  and Harrision Ford, premiere night for "42".

And according to the people keeping track, “42” movie earned $27.3 million by Sunday night, claiming the weekend box-office title and championship at home.

Photo of Rachel Robinson with family and friends at 42 movie premiere in Hollywood, CA.
Photo of Rachel Robinson with family and friends at 42 movie premiere in Hollywood, CA.

Branch Rickey’s (Harrison Ford) prediction of fallout and discrimination turned out right with not only rivals, but even with his own teammates. Robinson (Chadwidk Boseman) became a bull’s-eye for nasty criticism, physical abuse and constant racial slurs. Even the opposing teams in the Major League threatened strikes. And to make it worse, his own teammates threatened to walk out.

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It would have been a little more interesting if the script included a little history about Robinson before he got the baseball bug. You may not know this, but Robinson was a Republican – and that he campaigned for Richard Nixon according to the Blemish and Opposing Views.

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It is a breakthrough real-life drama that stars Chadwick Boseman (The Express”) as Jackie Robinson and one of Oscar® Nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness) best performances as Branch Rickey. If the box office attendance and receipts are any indication, the 2 hr. 8 min. film could set a new weekend showing, too.Image

It was an riveting movie portraying the true, against all odds tale of how Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke baseball records. The biggest record was cutting through the racial barriers during the days when restrooms were market “colored” and the entrance to the ballparks showed signs of segregation.Image

In 1947, Rickey placed himself at the forefront of history after signing Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. Bombarded with racism, Robinson pursued his dream with awesome courage and restraint from reacting and ruining his career

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Gloria Govan on the red carpet at 42 movie premiere.

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In 1997, Major League Baseball retired his number of “42”, which was the first number in sports to be universally put on the shelf. Written and Directed by Academy Award® winning Director Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”), the movie was produced by Thomas TullDick Cook,Jon Jashni (The Hangover(2009)) and Jason ClarkTed (2012). Co-producers includedJillian Zaks (Pacific Rim, July 2013) and Darryl Pryor (Lethal Weapon 4, 1998).

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The main cast gave a stellar performance and included: Nicole BeharieChristopher Meloni,Andrew HollandLucas BlackHamish Linklater and Ryan Merriman.

photos of Ryan Merriman  (Dixie Walker) and Kristen McMuller at 42 movie premiere
On the celebrity carpet Ryan Merriman (Dixie Walker) and Kristen McMuller at 42 movie premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.

After watching film that opened nationwide Friday, April 12, 2013 and hearing movie goers cheer on Robinson’s victories throughout, this film’s timing is perfect. It carefully traced how blacks in this country struggled to overcome racism.

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One segment in the movie this writer could relate to as a former young baseball pitcher was the scene where Robinson is up to bat and gets smacked in the left cheek with a breaking curve ball. I could feel the pain all the way down my spine.

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The White House held a screening for high school and college students of the Jackie Robinson biopic “42″ earlier this month (April 3, 2013), which was hosted by first lady, Michelle Obama.Image

At the Los Angeles Premiere at the TCL Chinese theater Harrison Ford with his wife wife Calista Flockhart, describes it as, “A real pleasure and great experience, because we were able give them a lot of written materials on the movie and Robinson’s history,” he said. “It’s very important to remind the young people not just about a bit history, or reading about it, but more about what it felt like to be a victim of racism at that time.”

An image of Rachel Robinson, widow of the Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson on the red carpet at 42 movie premiere.
90-year Rachel Robinson, widow of the Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson on the red carpet at 42 movie premiere.

Asked about Chadwick Boseman’s star role in the movie as Jackie Robinson he said, “Chadwick was great. He worked so hard to learn the skills of a baseball player and studied the life of Jackie Robinson. “In the background behind Ford on the celebrity carpet was Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, who looked marvelous at age 90.

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90-year old Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball legend Jackie Robinson attends the 42 movie premiere, Hollywood, CA.

This could be a home run at the Oscars next year, too. It has been already nominated for theGolden Trailer Awards For “Best Drama” (AV Squad, and Warner Bros. Pictures) for “Trailer 2” and “Best Drama Poster” for (Refinery, The and Warner Bros. Pictures).

Chadwick Boseman on the celebrity carpet at 42 movie premiere, Hollywood, CA.
Chadwick Boseman on the celebrity carpet at
42 movie premiere, Hollywood, CA.

This is a great movie to take the whole family to learn history and enjoy the true legacy of Jackie Robinson. Two thumbs up!

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