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42 (2013)



Critic Consensus: 42 is an earnest, inspirational, and respectfully told biography of an influential American sports icon, though it might be a little too safe and old-fashioned for some.

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Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. "42" tells 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 (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. 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. (c) WB

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Chadwick Boseman
as Jackie Robinson
Harrison Ford
as Branch Rickey
Nicole Beharie
as Rachel Robinson
Christopher Meloni
as Leo Durocher
Ryan Merriman
as Dixie Walker
Lucas Black
as Pee Wee Reese
André Holland
as Wendell Smith
Hamish Linklater
as Ralph Branca
Alan Tudyk
as Ben Chapman
T.R. Knight
as Harold Parrott
John C. McGinley
as Red Barber
Toby Huss
as Clyde Sukeforth
Max Gail
as Burt Shotton
Brad Beyer
as Kirby Higbe
Gino Anthony Pesi
as Joe Garagiola
Brett Cullen
as Clay Hopper
Jesse Luken
as Eddie Stanky
Jamey Holliday
as Pete Reiser
Derek Phillips
as Bobby Bragan
Jamie Ruehling
as Spider Jorgensen
Blake Sanders
as Gene Hermanski
Johnny Knight
as Carl Furillo
Clint O'Brien
as Hugh Casey
Dusan Brown
as Ed Charles
Cherise Boothe
as Ed's Mother
Friedel Pinkston
as Birmingham Catcher
Linc Hand
as Fritz Ostermueller
Thomas Helgeland
as Everett McCooey
Matt Clark
as Luther
Peter Mackenzie
as Happy Chandler
Joe Inscoe
as Bob Cooke
Karole Foreman
as Duff Harris
C.J. Nitkowski
as Dutch Leonard
Scott Callaway
as Andy Seminick
Aaron Farb
as Phillie Two
James Rackley
as Phillie One
Anthony Goolsby
as Monarch Batter
Lou Criscuolo
as Reporter One
Ross Hughes
as Reporter Two
Joe Knezevich
as Reporter Three
Mark Harelik
as Herb Pennock
Kenny Cook
as Fan One
Rhoda Griffis
as Miss Bishop
Dan Fenlan
as Babe Hamburger
Maury Covington
as Policeman
Jon Kohler
as Spectator Two
Marc Gowan
as Doctor
Jackson Walker
as Jimmy Powers
Danny Vinson
as Eddie Dyer
Ari Blinder
as Photographer
Denise Moye
as Older Woman
Peter Jurasik
as Hotel Manager
Dan Mengini
as Spectator One
Michael H. Cole
as Another Reporter
Janet Metzger
as Jane Ann
Holden Hansen
as Freckle's Dad
Dax Griffin
as Racist City Island Fan
Jayson Warner Smith
as White Gas Station Attendant
Jud Tylor
as Laraine Day
Tobias Michael Finn
as Panamanian Kid
Ercell Grimes
as Shouting Fan
Dwight Houser
as City Island Umpire
Barry Suttle
as Roosevelt Home Umpire
Andrew B. Roberts
as Ball One Umpire
Jimmie L. Coleman
as Negro League Umpire
Steve Hicks
as Umpire One
Wayne Hickey
as Umpire Two
Andrew Mullins
as Umpire Three
Dennis A. Spears
as Umpire Four
Gary Miller
as Umpire Five
Todd Wilson
as Reporter Four
David Thoms
as Enos Slaughter
Richard Tavernaro
as Deland Umpire
Hunter Clowdus
as Dodger Bat Boy
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Critic Reviews for 42

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (60)

This honorable and enlightening film pays due respect to Jackie Robinson -- a sports legend and courageous American hero.

March 7, 2017 | Full Review…

A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.

May 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 7, 2014 | Full Review…

The style of the film, lush and traditional, is nothing special, but the takeaway, a daily struggle for dignity, is impossibly moving.

May 7, 2014 | Rating: 4/5

The story isn't much more than a hit parade of "Shut up, racist" moments -- Alan Tudyk's opposing manager just oozes with venomous talk -- but its blunt force is enough to get the job done.

May 7, 2014 | Full Review…

As a fond gesture to a country coming out of the dark ages, 42 is a good-hearted attempt at Robinson's story regardless of the historical realities it chose to gloss over.

May 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 42


"42" tells the inspirational true story of Jackie Robinson and how he became the first African American baseball player allowed to play in the Major League. I must say, I found myself really enjoying this film. From it's terrific performances to it's perfect setting, this is one of my favourite films based around the sport of baseball that I have seen in quite a few years. Charming, funny when it needs to be (for relief), and emotional when it matters. Almost everything in this film is there to move the story into the following scene, and I love movies when they take the time to do that. Chadwick Boseman really has a bright career ahead of him. Unlike the film "Moneyball," this film is a much grittier old-styled tone and sometimes films do that for style over substance, but "42" does it very very well. Extremely well-written, very well acted, and in my opinion, edited superbly. The editing style of this film was very unique and I admired that. Overall, a very emotionally charged picture that I highly recommend. This film will probably be overlooked in years to come, but not by me. Sure, you will see the same racial elements you have seen in many films through the years, but it just feels different here. A must-see for sports fans and film-fans alike.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


This movie is really average. It had all the opportunity to tell a great story about a legendary icon, but is instead overly sentimental and incredibly mediocre. It could have had a savage bite but all we get is a nibble.

Nikhil Nandu
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

This is a great movie for anyone. If you like baseball, great, but it's not really necessary. If you like movies set in the '40s, you'll love it. If you like well done bio-dramas, you'll love it. Our whole family was engaged by this movie... lots of discussion about racism, tolerance, and self control in the face of stupidity. The acting was top notch. The story was well put together, with plenty of chuckles, along with the drama. Nicely done film. Kudos!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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