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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Chadwick Boseman
Harrison Ford
Nicole Beharie
Lucas Black
Directors
Brian Helgeland
Screenwriters
Brian Helgeland
Running Time
128 minutes

42
A genuine game changer


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42

Plot
In 1946, baseball impresario Branch Rickey (Ford) shocked a nation by enlisting a young, bewildered Jackie Robinson (Boseman) into his underperforming Brooklyn Dodgers squad and so introduced the first black player into Major League baseball. Facing torrents of racism, Robinson’s unyielding stand transformed the sport forever.


Verdict
Already a hit in America, 42 is a well-told but square biopic doing justice to Jackie Robinson rather than exploring him.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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