Written December 28, 2014
This is an excellent movie. The actors brought across the emotion and courage that the persons they portrayed must have experienced. It's a must see for everyone, because if it wasn't for people like Jackie Robinson the world would still be a horrific place for a lot of us.
Thank you Jackie Robinson
Written April 15, 2013
42 is a must see unless you don't have a way out of the cave. However, there was another man that went through the same abuse albeit 2 months later. Very seldom do I hear that another 2 men deserve our admiration. Bill Veck displayed the same courage as Mr. Rickey and Larry Doby was treated in a like manner as Jackie Robinson.
Not to take anything away from the Dodger organization, the Indian front office showed great courage also and in a city that ranked 2nd only to Detroit for its practice of defacto segregation, especially in housing.
Oh yes, I believe we were also the first organization to have a black man manage our ball team. Hopefully, baseball has reached the point that talent is the quality that reigns supreme when deciding who makes up a roster. Baseball should be proud that they were one of the leading institutions in rejecting the Ben Chapmans of the world and embracing the likes of Robinson, Reece, Rickey, Bill Veck and LARRY DOBY.
Written July 28, 2014
Great movie based on a true story. Harrison Ford was excellent in the role of the Branch Rickey. It was a change from all the syfy movies. A wonderful true life story that leaves you inspired at the end.
Written April 14, 2013
OK, most of us don't go to the movies to get college level lectures, we're there for entertainment right? But this movie is more than just attractive and absorbing, it's also a textbook case of how social groups evolve and values change. The movie could be faulted for painting such vivid good-guys and bad-guys. After all, in real life, human motivation is much more complex and interwoven. There is a tendency to attribute heroism and purity to the "good guys" and to show the dark characters of the story as stupid and small minded. If it lacks anything, the screenplay lacks compassion for the people resisting change. Yes, racism is a form of evil, no doubt, but who among us is not prejudice about something. As enjoyable and satisfying as this story is, it fails to point out the subtleties of change. If we see some people as heroes and virtuous, we tend to paint others as villains and foils. Go see this wonderful picture, just remember the truth about human nature.
Written April 15, 2013
of all sports to watch and semi-follow, baseball is my number one. i wouldn't say i'm a HUGE FAN, or even a big fan, but i like it. i really enjoyed this movie. it was an amazing depiction of the struggles of the time, and had a genuine feel-good message. there were exciting and suspenseful moments, and the triumphs were great. i'd buy on DVD to watch again. also, aside from the @$$hole racial slurs every once in a while (and depending on your allowances for your children of course), safe to say pre-teens/teens and adults alike will enjoy.