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42

The Jackie Robinson Story

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. 42 tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2013.
Edition: Rental.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Jackie Robinson story
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Feb 12, 2015
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not a mind-blowing experience, I'd say, since most casual baseball fans are already roughly familiar with the Jackie Robinson story (including, for us Canadians, the stint in Montreal) but really well-made for what it is, with strong performances from relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman as number 42, Harrison Ford (in a role he really makes his own despite the fact it was intended for "The Natural" himself, Robert Redford) as the Dodgers GM behind the groundbreaking move and, most surprisingly, Alan Tudyk of "Firefly" fame as the absolutely noxious racist coach of an opposing team.

Jan 21, 2015
  • TheSupervisor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Moving story about the changing social consciousness in the 40s and 50s through the eyes of a courageous ball player and an inspiring coach.

Aug 06, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Feel-good movie about an exceptional topic. The scenes where he steals the basics are mind blowing and poetry in motion. Solid movie. Wish that they could have had more depth to the characters. None of them really had much flavor. It would be nice if you could really feel Jackie's pain. However, I suppose simply doing on movie on this topic was major in itself.

Jun 12, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Important history, but the movie seems a bit superficial.

May 18, 2014
  • charmed04 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Jackie was finishing his career I was listening to the games on radio. This is a great movie showing a great mans life and how he over came the hardships of being the first Black Man in baseball. Should've own an Oscar.

Apr 22, 2014
  • auntof3sjb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

NO bad performances here, LaBelle. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend THIS movie. Fantastic acting by everyone, Chris Meloni played Lero Durocher fabulously and you couldn't even TELL "Mr. Ricky" was Harrison Ford. And the manager was the Phillies? Heck, I wanted to hit him! Beautifully acted! The best lesson to learn from this movie? Be bound and determined and DON'T let ANYTHING stop you! That's what Jackie did. GBA!

Apr 14, 2014
  • duane767 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

All around good movie. I enjoyed it.

Apr 07, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 2013 American biographical drama about Jackie Robinson based on his true story.
In a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, manager Ben Chapman taunts Robinson, causing him to go back to the dugout and smash his bat to vent his anger,
which is a profoundly heart-wrenching moment.
Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson is forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and let his talent on the field win over fans and his
teammates while silencing his critics and forever changing the world by changing the game of baseball.
After all, it is an inspiring and uplifting drama.

Feb 27, 2014
  • BrianLaBelle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A decent sports movie with some major historical significance. That historical significance luckily overshadows some fairly bad performances from the cast.

Feb 26, 2014
  • JMGP rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What an uplifting and inspirational story of a real life hero! How wonderful to watch a character struggle with injustice and thereby better those around him! Robinson's wife is lovely and her support for him is inspiring. A number of strong, noble characters as well as some who eventually reconcile themselves to what is true and good through their sympathy is heartwarming. I highly recommend this movie.

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Apr 22, 2014
  • auntof3sjb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don't let anybody stop you from achieving your goals!

Jan 26, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” -Winston Churchill

Jan 18, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

Jan 18, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

Dec 15, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

from IMDb: Jackie Robinson: You want a player who doesn't have the guts to fight back?

Branch Rickey: No. I want a player who's got the guts *not* to fight back.

Jackie Robinson: You give me a uniform, you give me a number on my back, I'll give you the guts.

Pee Wee Reese: Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42, so nobody could tell us apart.

reporter: Baseball was proof positive that democracy was real. A baseball box score after all, is a democratic thing. It doesn't say how big you are, or what religion you follow it does not know how you voted, or the color of your skin, it simply states what kind of ballplayer you were on any particular day.

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