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42, The True Story of An American Legend, Trailer #2

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 01/11/2013

'42' Movie Trailer42, The True Story of An American Legend, Trailer #2


Jackie Robinson’s life story is one that simply had to be told; but like the man who had the guts “not to fight back,” telling this story  takes guts too. It’s not a pretty story. It exposes our history for what it was, and hopefully teaches us about ourselves, where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve yet to go.


Life for a black man in the early part of the 20th century was not a good one. In spite of the cards stacked against him, and a reputation for fighting the racial prejudices that existed in authority figures, Robinson took his athletic abilities all the way to semi-professional football. Unfortunately, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and ended his football career. Jackie Robinson was drafted in 1942, a time when African-American soldiers were segregated from Caucasians and trained separately. Ironically these soldiers were expected to protect those who would not eat at the same table, or use the same latrine (code for bathroom). As a result of his “insubordination” (code for fighting back against racism), Jackie Robinson faced Court-Martial in 1944; the all white panel of officers acquitted him of the trumped up charges.


42 tells the story of how Jackie Robinson broke into MLB.  He was the first man of color to play professionally since the  1880′s. The prejudices that ran through our country at that time are hard to watch. It is important to tell the story of #42, Jackie Robinson, the man who, against all odds, became a true American Legend.  Anyone who watches his story will feel like they can beat the odds too.


Jackie Robinson was awarded the first National Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year award in 1947. He won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949, the first black man to receive that honor. In 1962, Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The number 42 was universally retired across all Major League teams in 1997. He was the first professional athlete to be honored in such a way; now Major League Baseball has a new annual tradition. On Jackie Robinson Day, All players on All teams where the number 42.


Oscar winning writer-filmmaker Brian Helgeland wrote and directed ’42′ starring Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Dodger’s general manager; the MLB executive who signed Jackie Robinson and brought him up from the minors. Chadwick Boseman plays the role of Jackie Robinson, the man who learned to fight back, by not fighting. 42 also stars Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black, T.R. Knight and Nicole Beharie. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film.


The Jackie Robinson Bio-Pic, ’42,’ will be in theaters on April 12, 2013.


42, The True Story of An American Legend, Trailer #2


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