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42

  14A HD Closed Captioning

Brian Helgeland

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Plot Summary

In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting, instead letting 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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79%
  • Reviews Counted: 177
  • Fresh: 139
  • Rotten: 38
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's not easy to play a stoic, but Boseman anchors the movie, and when he smiles, 42, already such a warm story of such cold times, gets even brighter. – Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, May 7, 2014

Fresh: A square, uninventive, but detailed and stirring bio-pic devoted to the two years in an athlete's life that changed a nation. – David Denby, New Yorker, Apr 22, 2013

Fresh: A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 2014

Rotten: In the hallowed frames of 42, the legend is front and centre and still inspiring. Too bad the more interesting man is nowhere to be seen. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Apr 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews

42

Although i am not much of a baseball fan, this movie is very inspiring and one of the best movies of 2013. Incredible script with top notch acting brings this historical master piece to life! Don't hesitate , BUY !!!

ok

Good movie, but should have been better considering the subject.

Excellent!

Very good movie ! I highly recommend it.

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