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"42” is far from the first movie to explore racial tensions in sports. We’ve seen this subject depicted in other good films like “Remember the Titans” and “Glory Road.” There are plenty of recognizable figures on display here, such as the underdog nobody believed in, the one man willing to take a chance on that underdog, and the ignorant antagonists that wish to see that underdog fail. Familiarity aside, though, “42” executes just about everything wonderfully. This is a good-hearted picture, carried by sincere performances and passionate direction. Not only is it an inspiring story about overcoming prejudice, but an all around rousing baseball movie too.
Jackie Robinson was the ideal class act to break the barrier and become the first black player in Major League Baseball.
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in a scene from "42."
Joey Curletta, professional baseball player.
The phone rang and on the other end was an ultimatum from a familiar voice.
Daron Sutton has seen plenty of baseball in 41 years. As the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, the Arizona Diamondback play-by-play announcer has been around the game his entire life. Through his childhood, he was around many of Major League Baseball’s history makers of the 1970s and 1980s, so his knowledge base was pretty wide before last week’s Golden Age of Baseball panel discussion in Sun City Grand.