Sport Movie Review
42, The True Story of an American Legend
I recently saw the film, 42, and I found many connections with our Sociology of Sport class. First and foremost, the movie was about the baseball legend, Jackie Robinson. Jack broke the baseball color barrier and was the first African American player allowed in Major League Baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers beginning in 1947. Jack was a strong, talented player, but he also had a mind of his own. He played with an attitude that would be taunting to other players. When he made it to the Montreal Royals in 1946, he had to quickly get rid of this taunting, smart attitude. He was the only black player in a time of hatred and prejudice in the United States. Although he had plentiful support, there were many people who did not want Jackie playing baseball at the level he was at. He was faced with constant racist remarks, and sent thousands of letters that included death threats. Robinson had to persevere through this hard time to show that he would not give up. By not giving up, and not retaliating he proved to everyone that he was worthy of playing in the major leagues. Jackie Robinson helped his team to six pennants and one World Series Championship. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, which was the first year he was eligible to be inducted.
There were a few main characters in the movie. Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson, and he was the star of the film. Branch Rickey who was played by Harrison Ford, signed Jackie onto the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was crucial in the success of Robinson’s career. Nicole Beharie played Rachel Robinson in the film. She was Jackie’s wife, and biggest supporter. Ben Chapman, who was played by Alan Tudyk, was the manager for the Pittsburg Pirates. Chapman continually taunted Jackie when he was up to bat. This led to a breakdown by Jackie where he almost quit. But after talking to Branch, Jackie found a way to persevere once again...
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