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42

Brian Helgeland (2013)

122min
12 Certificate
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The title here refers to the shirt number worn by US baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who, in 1947, became the first African-American to be plucked from the "Negro League" and signed to an all-white Major League team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. His signing sparked appalling racism, both on and off the field. Relative unknown Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson, but it's Harrison Ford who draws the eye as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers' grizzled team executive who sees dollar signs at the prospect of the big black crowds he believes Robinson will bring in. Equally, though, Rickey must withstand the racist abuse that rains down as a result of his decision to sign the player. Directed by Brian Helgeland, this is a sweeping, solid biopic that's nicely acted and evocative of its time, place and prejudice. At the same time, the film, subtitled "The true story of an American legend", is just that: very American, meaning there's less to excite viewers who aren't so familiar with the sport.

Summary

Biopic of baseball star Jackie Robinson, who became the first black player for a major league side when he was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Both Robinson and the team's manager faced public condemnation and racial prejudice, which he sought to silence by winning over the fans with his sporting prowess. Starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

Cast & Crew

Jackie Robinson Chadwick Boseman
Branch Rickey Harrison Ford
Rachel Robinson Nicole Beharie
Leo Durocher Christopher Meloni
Wendell Smith Andre Holland
Pee Wee Reese Lucas Black
Ralph Branca Hamish Linklater
Ben Chapman Alan Tudyk
Red Barber John C McGinley
Dixie Walker Ryan Merriman
Harold Parrott T R Knight
Clay Hooper Brett Cullen
Director Brian Helgeland
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Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 13 Sep 2013

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