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Reviewing "42" - the Jackie Robinson baseball biopic
various | April 13, 2013

Posted on 04/13/2013 11:53:57 AM PDT by EveningStar

Is anyone planning to see this?

Has anyone already seen it? If so, what did you think of it?

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Review from The Orange County Register: '42' swings for the fences, but it's one, two, three strikes

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TOPICS: Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 42; baseball; biopic; branchrickey; cinema; film; harrisonford; jackierobinson; movies
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1 posted on 04/13/2013 11:53:57 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 04/13/2013 11:54:36 AM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar

Getting (totally) burned out on Hollywood PC.

Frankly.


3 posted on 04/13/2013 11:55:49 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: EveningStar

Only now do the Douglas Adams books make any sense.


4 posted on 04/13/2013 11:56:54 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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To: Dr. Sivana

There was already an older, b&w movie about Jackie Robinson. Didnt need another.


5 posted on 04/13/2013 11:57:39 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: EveningStar
Like Obama, Jackie Robinson is perfect human being. Without sin. He is/was better than all of us. We need to bow down and worship his perfectness.

No thanks.

6 posted on 04/13/2013 11:59:19 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: EveningStar

Mooch said that it made her “angry” and “outraged”. I think I’m going to pass on this one. I’ve got “The Jackie Robinson Story” on DVD with the real Jackie Robinson in it. Don’t need any of Hollyweird’s racebaiting BS.


7 posted on 04/13/2013 12:00:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: GeronL

Yup.


8 posted on 04/13/2013 12:01:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: EveningStar

Okay, I just looked at the trailer. I am predisposed to liking it, as I am a Dodger fan, and always admired Robinson as both man and player. Why the heck did they have to put hip hop crap in a movie that takes place primarily in the 40s and 50s?! That’s even worse than the 70s pop ditty grafted onto Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


9 posted on 04/13/2013 12:02:03 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; Revolting cat!
Mooch said that it made her “angry” and “outraged”.

It made Michie the Moocher angry? Or angrier than usual?

Probably upset her that inspite of everything, he still voted Republican.

10 posted on 04/13/2013 12:04:54 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: ClearCase_guy

An adult playing a kids game. Why is there such idol worship?


11 posted on 04/13/2013 12:06:28 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

She knows the Irish, Italians etc are white, right??


12 posted on 04/13/2013 12:06:40 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: EveningStar

It’s been done. There’s already a movie about Jackie Robinson, in which the white people aren’t all racist monsters. This is just more PC agit-prop.


13 posted on 04/13/2013 12:09:38 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: a fool in paradise; FlingWingFlyer; Revolting cat!; All
Probably upset her that inspite of everything, he still voted Republican.
Well, sort of...

He hated Goldwater. He said, "Goldwaterism is Hitlerism." At that point, I gave Jackie Robinson the virtual finger.

14 posted on 04/13/2013 12:13:39 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: GeronL

Saw that one long ago - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042609/combined


15 posted on 04/13/2013 12:15:38 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: EveningStar

Jackie Robinson was black? Who knew? Maybe old Bob can make a movie about the sun coming up in the morning. Jackie was a groundbreaker, but Robert Redford is old hash.


16 posted on 04/13/2013 12:24:18 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: EveningStar

i am looking forward to watching “42.” plua i want to see Harrison Ford in his role... i go to the movies maybe once or twice a year... i loovvveee baseball... hate the Dodgers...


17 posted on 04/13/2013 12:27:23 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: blueunicorn6

As far as I can tell, Robert Redford had nothing to do with this movie.


18 posted on 04/13/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar
He hated Goldwater. He said, "Goldwaterism is Hitlerism." At that point, I gave Jackie Robinson the virtual finger.

Although I'm a Dodger fan, I'm not a Jackie Robinson fan, largely because of his hatred for Goldwater and conservatives. In addition, he played football for UCLA, but I'm happy to say that the Bruin teams for which he played never beat the USC Trojans.

19 posted on 04/13/2013 12:30:26 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: EveningStar

You couldn’t pay me to see it!


20 posted on 04/13/2013 12:33:01 PM PDT by pgkdan (Some taglines never go away....)
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To: Fiji Hill

21 posted on 04/13/2013 12:37:34 PM PDT by x
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To: EveningStar
Hollywood keeps trotting out these stale, tired race "heroes," as though we haven't had our fill of learning what rotten, oppressive, SOBs we white men have been all these centuries.

If Jackie Robinson was a hero, good for him. But then so was Billie Holliday, Malcolm X, Arthur Ashe, Jesse Owen, and the thousands of other black celebs we're heard about endlessly in the last few decades.

22 posted on 04/13/2013 12:40:53 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack

Where are the bios about Booker T Washington and George Washington Carver?


23 posted on 04/13/2013 12:41:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar

Archie Bunker said Robinson changed the whole color of the game.


24 posted on 04/13/2013 12:43:11 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: EveningStar

The party of Al Gore Sr. was SO much more principled. NOT. Voting against the civil rights act. Making his maid sit in the car while they dined in restaurants.

We are told that KKK Democrats like Robert Byrd HAD to do such things to be politically viable in their communities.

RIGHT. UH HUH.


25 posted on 04/13/2013 12:44:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: latina4dubya

Harrison Ford has said that the gay marriage issue is the same as Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.

Enjoy your movie.


26 posted on 04/13/2013 12:45:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: EveningStar

I wonder if the film mentions he was a Republican. That seems to be all but forgotten about Dr. MLK, so “color” me pessimistic.


27 posted on 04/13/2013 1:03:27 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: IronJack
“Hollywood keeps trotting out these stale, tired race “heroes,” as though we haven't had our fill of learning what rotten, oppressive, SOBs we white men have been all these centuries.”

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That right there is a good reason not to see this pic. Sounds to me like this will be another white guilt flick. I don't need this.

28 posted on 04/13/2013 1:08:49 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: EveningStar

Another hate whitey film that I get to vote with my pocketbook.


29 posted on 04/13/2013 1:14:48 PM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: EveningStar
Robinson's jersey number has been permenantly retired by Major League Baseball. The number is on the walls of every MLB stadium in the league along with the other retired jersey numbers of other players. They have Jackie Robinson Day at the parks where every player wears #42.

 photo Tigers_White_Sox_Baseball_0011f_zpsbe6c8699.jpg

Americans and even Jackie Robinson have gotten over it. It's time for the race pimps in Hollyweird to get with the program and get over it too.

30 posted on 04/13/2013 1:21:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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31 posted on 04/13/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Fiji Hill

Heard a great story directly from a former player in his nineties about how Howard Jones defended Robinson while he was at UCLA, but I won’t divulge here. Hoping to write bio of the coach’s life.


32 posted on 04/13/2013 1:26:03 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: EveningStar

I’ll take a contrarian view. Unlike all the race pimps that have piggy-backed on his greatness, Jackie Robinson really was the real deal - what he did really did matter and I have total respect for the man on and off the field.

I’m sympathetic to the anti-Hollywood anti-PC sentiment but I like Jackie and I happened to think that the movie rendered a slice of his life in a fairly realistic manner.

Ymmv.


34 posted on 04/13/2013 1:28:50 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: a fool in paradise
Harrison Ford has said that the gay marriage issue is the same as Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.

haha... omgosh--that is sooo lame... yes, he is disappointing... i think i will enjoy the movie... i tend to like baseball movies... The Sand Lot is my all-time favorite kids movie...

35 posted on 04/13/2013 1:29:44 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Jackie Robinson really was the real deal - what he did really did matter and I have total respect for the man on and off the field. I’m sympathetic to the anti-Hollywood anti-PC sentiment but I like Jackie and I happened to think that the movie rendered a slice of his life in a fairly realistic manner.

i appreciate your perspective... i look forward to seeing the movie...

36 posted on 04/13/2013 1:31:29 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: EveningStar

I’d be curious to know if this movie is based on amy book in particular. In 2007 for the 50 year anniversary of Robinson’s rookie season Jonathan Eig wrote a book called Opening Day about Robinson’s first season in which he questined some populkar myths concerning Robinson such as the Pee Wee Reese story.


37 posted on 04/13/2013 1:35:25 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: latina4dubya

I love period pieces and the attention to detail here makes the movie fun - the cars, the clothes, the stuff you find in hotel rooms, locker rooms, offices. I have a pretty strong sense that they didn’t get the lingo of the day right - several times they used words or phrases that I don’t think would have been in use back then - that would have made it even better IMHO.


38 posted on 04/13/2013 1:36:31 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: katana

Why should the film mention his political party?


39 posted on 04/13/2013 1:39:22 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
I love period pieces and the attention to detail here makes the movie fun -

yes, so do i! i soon as i saw the trailer, i knew i would pay to see this movie... and i also love sports, baseball in particular... and professional sports at that... that people take the sport so seriously as to make a living from it--in many forms... from the players to the managers, scouts, agents, refs, owners, etc... i find it intriguing...

one of my all-time favorite movies is Cinderella Man--another period piece with two of my favorite actors--Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti, whose father was the commissioner of MLB...

40 posted on 04/13/2013 1:43:54 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

The director, Brian Helgeland, also wrote the screenplay. I don’t know what his source material was.


41 posted on 04/13/2013 1:45:49 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: latina4dubya

Enjoy your movie - if only one didn’t have to sit through all the previews of stuff blowing up at ear splitting volumes!


42 posted on 04/13/2013 1:55:45 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: EveningStar

He played his first minor league game in Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium , April 18, 1946

http://work.byhandmedia.com/2012/07/04/jackie-robinson-statue-in-journal-square-jersey-city/


43 posted on 04/13/2013 2:13:10 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: EveningStar

I thought it was a good movie. Not great, but good. It was well acted, especially by Harrison Ford, who portrayed Branch Rickey so realistically, that those who knew Rickey said it was like a reincarnation. The movie accurately described the racism that Robinson endured without losing his composure, because the team mattered more than his own pride. Although the movie ended with the playoffs of his first season with the Dodgers, Jackie had a great baseball career, and accomplished much after he retired. By being the first black in major league baseball, he helped break down racial barriers, and did it with class.


44 posted on 04/13/2013 2:33:30 PM PDT by SC DOC
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Agreed, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Didn’t Bud Selig just request an inquiry into why more african-americans aren’t playing major league baseball? Ugh


45 posted on 04/13/2013 2:37:16 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Offended!)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Yeah. Bud doesn’t seem to have a very good grasp of his job. I don’t think he has been to many games lately.


46 posted on 04/13/2013 2:41:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: dfwgator
Where are the bios about Booker T Washington and George Washington Carver?

Or Clarence Thomas? Or Thomas Sowell?

Instead, they glorify two-bit pimps like Malcolm Little (X) or brain-dead goons like Rueben "Hurricane" Carter.

47 posted on 04/13/2013 2:47:35 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: EveningStar

I thought the movie was good when I saw it several weeks ago. Several other early black players were mentioned at the end of the film, but no mention of Larry Doby. I guess Cleveland doesn’t count.


48 posted on 04/13/2013 2:48:46 PM PDT by moviefan8
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To: fatnotlazy
Sounds to me like this will be another white guilt flick.

Yep. They just can't settle for celebrating a black man's success without demeaning white men. And frankly, I never cared one whit about Jackie Robinson one way or the other.

49 posted on 04/13/2013 2:51:00 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: moviefan8
Doby was the first black player in the American League, wasn't he?
50 posted on 04/13/2013 2:51:31 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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