2013 | Docudrama | 128 minutes | English


In 1946, Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defied the major league color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, an African-American. Robinson was offered $600 a month plus a $3,500 signing bonus. Rickey warned Robinson it will not be easy. Bigoted ballplayers will taunt him, insult him, and even intentionally injure him. Rickey convinced a reluctant Robinson to turn the other cheek. Robinson is determined that he will succeed not by fighting back but by being a better ballplayer than the bigots. That first year in the majors, 1947, Robinson and his family endure unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from both the players and the fans. Robinson becomes a star and helps the Brooklyn Dodgers win the National League pennant. More importantly, with the help of Robinson and Rickey, the major league color barrier was broken.  

Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson) / Harrison Ford (Branch Rickey)
Why Stream This Film?
Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame is filled with many great African-American players.  Many of these Hall-of-Famers, some still living, some in their graves, can thank Jackie Robinson for paving the way. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 81%
  • Metacritic Score: 62
  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards: Nominated, Best Supporting Actor (Harrison Ford)
  • Image Awards (NAACP): Nominated, Outstanding Actor (Chadwick Boseman)
It is no exaggeration to say that Jackie Robinson made his country a better place. And he did it the way Gandhi did and Martin Luther King did, by simply being better than the people who hated him.
Stephen Whitty

Inside Jersey.com

As a dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.
Mick LaSalle

San Francisco Chronicle

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