New ’42’ Trailer: Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 14th, 2013 at 7:56 pm,

Though we’ve seen plenty of great (and some not so great) sports biopics over the last 20 years, there’s still a laundry list of sports legends who haven’t seen their story told on the big screen.

Of course, some legends have more compelling life stories to tell than others, but one player with one of the most famous and historically significant stories is Jackie Robinson. Fortunately, his story is being be told in the upcoming film 42.

We got our first look at the film a few months back when the debut trailer was released and could tell right away that 42 could be one of those underdog tearjerkers that becomes an instant fan favorite. While that trailer got us pumped up, the latest one gives us more insight into Robinson’s early life and the adversity he faced in becoming the first African-American to join Major League Baseball.

If you’re not familiar with Robinson’s story, you get the cliff notes during the two-and-a-half minute clip. This trailer provides more of the film’s narrative arc and Robinson’s character arc as well. At first, Robinson wants to fight back against the racism that stands in the way of him making history, but with determination and some help from a progressive baseball executive, he is able to rise above it.

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Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman in ’42’

The film’s promise is further bolstered by its cast, which includes Harrison Ford as the aforementioned baseball exec Branch Rickey, Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU) as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher and John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as legendary sportscaster Red Barber. Relative unknown Chadwick Boseman (Persons Unknown) takes on the central role as Robinson, but with what we’ve seen so far, he appears capable of carrying the movie.

One can only wonder why filmmakers haven’t tackled a story with so much historic importance sooner, but there’s no doubt that it had to be a challenging undertaking. The subject matter alone makes it a heavy film, which some directors might have trouble balancing. Fortunately, 42 was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 1997 for L.A. Confidential and received plenty of praise for his screenplay for Mystic River, another challenging and heavy drama.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Will you be watching 42 in the theaters?

42 hits theaters April 12th, 2013.

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  1. Video say YouTube shut yo ass down

  2. It looks mildly decent. I know the story of Jackie Robinson quite well (I played baseball all my life and just finished when I had to graduate from college). I was excited right up until Hova started rapping and it felt so out of place that now I’m not going to see the movie simply because I fear that other extremely poor choices were made for this film. It would be nice if a director took on the reality of what this man endured not by having these actors mutter cliche racism. Rather, they should be real with this film and show what fans and players did to this man. And what did Jackie do in response to this horrible treatment? Went out and played the game to the best of his ability. This man busted his butt to be a hall of famer not to just please whitey or keep himself from being discriminated against, he just wanted to be the best and did so by overcoming some of the most extreme hate that any professional athlete has ever endured. This film just isn’t going to do that.

    • ^^^^^^Look im African American and if you kno jay z hes from Brooklyn the producers pick that line from his song “Brooklyn go hard” cause hes showing respect to jackie Robinson….hear the lyrics and shut up…

      • You shut up, bro. You’re confirming stereotypes about the rap generation. I agree with him. The moment I stated hearing the rapping, I was immediately put off. Just like I was put off when I heard the Hip-hop music in the Gangster Squad trailer.

        These are supposed to be historical movies. There was no Hip-hop i that era. So why is there Hip-hop i the soundtrack if not merey to appeal to a stupid generation of young people who are not interested in history, and won’t see any movie that doesn’t have Kanye or Jay-z music in it.

        Well fine, if they want to make movies for that generation. If they do that, I can only imagine what other nonsense they put in the movie. The ‘stylized violence’ the ScreenRant review talked about in gangster Squad review confirmed my fears. ‘The Matrix meets The Untouchables’ might be attractive to brain-dead 19 year-olds, but not to me.

        Suddenly I too have no interest in seeing this movie. I like my historical dramas intelligent and realistic. Not ‘stylized’. Like Lincoln. So ike Johnny3ppiece, I’ll probably pass too.

        • Blah blah blah you took all that time to write a half of a paragraph and honestly I don’t care lol…so shut your mouth and go play halo or something

        • It has nothing to do with what race one is. The fact is that this trailer convinced me there will probably be some other poor choices for the film that takes away from the authenticity of the time period. Now with a film like Django Unchained, I was only put off when they started to use rap in a film set in 1858. Sure it made the scene feel “cool” and it being Tarantino of course it won’t be entirely historically accurate but that film isn’t based on real events (this story obviously never occurred even though much of the film was relatively historically accurate). My problem is that when somebody choose to delve into a true story I prefer that the they stick to the time period. Look at Ray, the film was perfect in its representation of the time period. Walk the Line was excellent with that as well. The Great Debaters did a phenomenal job of representing the 1930s. Last I checked, Jackie Robinson wasn’t bumping Jay-Z in his Dre Beats headphones before he took the field. The director is pandering to today’s generation by ignoring the authenticity of the time period and I fear that the entire film will do so. The material is some of the richest in American history and they could have turned this film into a Best Picture caliber film if they stick to the true nature of what Jackie Robinson really endured. I’ve read several books about Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers during this time period. The fact is, this film is going to be a watered down version of what he really endured. Don’t you think that it would only heighten his accomplishments if they chose to present this film as accurately as possible? Sports stories have become so formulaic in recent memory (though Remember the Titans was excellent it ushered in PG versions of R rated material). I think it is time for a director to forgo the political correctness and create a film that is perfectly accurate to showcase the real triumphs that these people had. I believe Rob Zombie is making a film right now about the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s which I can guarantee will showcase how much those players were goons both on and off the ice. Those are the kinds of sports films that I’m interested that don’t sacrifice authenticity and integrity for a bigger pay day.

          • @johnny3piece I think that you are looking at the usage of hip hop in the trailer with a narrow-minded point of view. I am pretty positive that there will be no hip hop in the film’s score. This is simply a marketing strategy. plenty of movies utilize songs in the trailer that will not be in the actual film. rock songs, pop songs, dubstep etc, contemporary music has been used for decades in film trailers.

          • LOL This just sounds dumb. Whining about trailer music. A movie uses contemporary music that actually uses “Brooklyn” in the title and even references Jackie Robinson in the song is SO off-putting that some numbskulls are gonna make grand sweeping generalizations as to how many inaccuracies there will be in it. Look, most movies telling of a historical event condense timelines, characters, and omit certain events. This is not news unless you’ve never been to a movie. Most historical movies are not 100% accurate. They sacrifice certain details for the artistic integrity of the movie and the story they’re trying to tell. There is no way a 2 hr movie is going to be able to tell all the stories of what Jackie went through. But complaining about trailer music that even fits the personality of the movie and the attitude of the main character. “Brooklyn, we go hard”. Brooklynites, we are relentless. We are fighters. We don’t give up. Sounds like Jackie to me. This is not about Jay-Z’s song being anachronistic. This sounds more like a personal issue or general distaste with rap music. To which I say “Grow up”.

            • you sound very small minded. this is a movie about NOT GIVING UP.

        • Dude get a grip it`s only a Trailer Music

        • God you missed the point altogether. This movie is not about rap music. It’s about telling an old(but great) story to a new generation of people who may not have known much about it. That’s it. I’m betting Jackie is not going to be spitting rhymes in the movie or whatever you think is gonna happen. The idea that you could jump to a conclusion about the content of a movie not based on any of the actual clips of the dialogue but simply by the inclusion of a minutes worth of a rap song by a guy FROM Brooklyn, who mentions the Dodgers AND Jackie Robinson in the song and speaks to the overriding theme of Brooklynites(or in this case, one particular Brooklynite) being “mentally tough”. WOW THAT’S TERRIBLE!!!!!!! Look, just save the time and say “I don’t like rap music” and quit wasting everyone’s time. By the way, no historical movies are 100% accurate. Know why? Because it’s a MOVIE. Even Licncoln while superb is not 100% accurate and left a lot out. That’s what movies do.

        • just because the music is in the trailer does not mean it will be in the film. trailers use music from other films all the time

          • Thank you! agreed. my daughter is 10 ; and in travel softball were going to see this tomorrow. it sends a good message; perfect I believe for her to see with the sport shes involved in.

      • lol…”respect”…lol

    • and you know that this film, which is probably going to be well over 2 hours, wont cover the subjects you describe in your post? you think the trailer is supposed to be full of people yelling the “N” word? i’m sure there will be enough of that in the actual movie. this isn’t a disney movie. (like remember the titans- a favorite of mine, but some of the dialog, mainly the racial slurs, are so eye-rollingly inaccurate. i know because i grew up in that era-but i digress) i say at least wait until our good and trusted critics here at ScreenRant give us a good review, or, better yet, go see it on a tuesday and make up your own mind, but i think, as a baseball fan as you say you are, you should give the film a chance. just sayin’.

    • Just saw it, and I’m happy to say there was no rap music in the film.
      It was good. Stopped short of great because the dialogue wasn’t great in a few scenes, and they laid it on kind of thick in a few scenes, but the acting was good, and I enjoyed it very much.
      If you stay for the credits, there’s a nice old song that you’d appreciate. can’t remember the name off the top of my head

  3. ^^^^^^Look im African American and if you kno jay z hes from Brooklyn the producers pick that line from his song “Brooklyn go hard” cause hes showing respect to jackie Robinson….hear the lyrics and shut up…

    • Why don’t you shut-up. Your just making yourself look bad.

      • Yup lol

    • @jaysolace

      Try to understand something about this site. There is always something negative to be spewed anytime the topic turns to black people.

      If it’s not a complaint about Idris Elba or Jamie Foxx in a particular role, it’s a complaint about black music, or black comedy, etc.

      Screenrant is a great site with great content, but just know who you’re dealing with in the comments section before posting.

      For some reason, anything that has to do with black people on this site brings out the vitriolic worst.

      I don’t know if it’s because fanboys feel like they’re more ‘important’ now, since superhero, comic and sci-fi are becoming more de rigeur in Hollywood. But, in the past, fanboys who did nothing but play video games and read comics in mom’s basement were objects of ridicule and bullying.

      You’d think a group like that would be more accepting and understanding of other groups that have been mistreated. But…nope. I guess dark skin is still the one thing that everyone, including previously maligned groups, can still make fun of.

      Take their comments with a grain of salt, and enjoy the site for what it is. Otherwise, you’ll spend your entire time on here reacting to racist and ignorant comments, and missing out on the good stuff.

  4. it’s actually amazing they didn’t make this movie sooner…
    next up: a movie about the bill russel era celtics!

  5. Great Trailer! Can’t wait to see the movie. I’m one of the biggest Jackie Robinson fan. I grew up playing baseball in the 80’s and endured racism playing in all white leagues and teams. I always felt like I had to be better than the other players to prove others wrong that I belonged. It motivated me in the same way the JR was motivated. This movie looks like it will tackle the real issues and not be watered down like other JR movies or documentaries. For those of you that won’t watch the movie because of the Jay-Z is ridiculous. It will be your loss. I was also thinking, the hip hop music doesn’t really fit. I’m sure the song will not be played during the movie, maybe when the ending credits role, so don’t know what the big deal is. I think the producers are trying to set a tone and make a connection with today’s youth to go see this movie. And if they do, then mission accomplished. Those of you that don’t see it, will be surely missing out.

  6. As long as they don’t actually put that song in the movie at any point, then I am sold. Definitely want to see this. I may be a white boy, but I grew up in a neighborhood where I was the only one, and I constantly got bullied and beaten up for being who I was. Any story of a man fighting through struggles surrounding his race was a hero to me growing up. It was because of Jackie that I decided to play baseball in the first place :)

  7. Stop complaining about the Jay-Z music on the trailer. I don’t even listen to rap, and, even I can get why they made that musical selection.

    It speaks to the struggle and resilience of the main character.

    Not to mention, for those complaining, you don’t see the irony?

    Complainers: I won’t see the movie, even though I think the story looks great, because it has that hip-hop (read: black) music in the trailer.

    Racists in the movie: Even though Robinson could help us win, I won’t play on the same team as him, and this isn’t the America I know, because he’s black.


    You sound no different than the people in the movie.

    But, I bet if the trailer director had busted out with some Aerosmith ‘Dream On’ on the trailer, you’d all be hailing the decision as ‘genius’, drawing attention to the fact that Jackie Robinson never stopped dreaming to achieve what he did.


    Who would’ve thought that in 2013 all it would take to bring the racists out of the woodworks would be some music?

  8. No thanks… this looks like another “black people need a white mentor to make something of themselves” films. You’re the man now dog!

    • Wow…really?! “black people need a white mentor”?? What an incredibly ignorant comment. This is not Finding Forrester. This is not a fictitious story about fictitious characters. And if you knew anything about the Jackie Robinson story, you’d know how instrumental Branch Rickey was in not only bringing Jackie to the league but helping him maintain the mindset he needed to succeed. This sounds as dumb as all the people whining about the Jay-Z music in the trailer.

      • See my reply to jaysolace above. Just enjoy the site. Trust me, it’s not worth the hassle to respond to everything.

        Sometimes, the ignorance factor is just so high, you have to say something. Other times, just roll your eyes, pity the ignorant and keep your blood pressure low.

        • I will keep that mind. Thanks

          • No problem.

  9. impressive !

  10. I will keep that in mind. Thanks

  11. I really want to see this. I just hope it doesn’t have any hip hop in the film. That jay-z rap really took me away from the film. They could have simply chose a song from the 50’s.. :/ Anyways, film looks great.

  12. I feel like I’ve seen this movie a dozen times before.

  13. This movie looks pretty awesome, and Harrison Ford looks great. Also, I love seeing Stabler from SVU. Not such a fan of the trailer song, though. Using modern rap in period piece movie trailers worked with the Gangster Squad trailer, and with the first Gatsby trailer, but it failed in this trailer and the second Gatsby one (all IMO, of course). In the latter 2, it completely took me out of the trailer.

  14. I was 7 when Jackie Robertson broke the color line.i am black to. The hip hop tie in really was not necessary for this period movie. It won’t bring the young kids in, if that’s what they trying to say, and really was not necessary.

  15. Instead of whining about the trailer song why don’t we all move onto why Johnny Sain wasn’t mentioned? “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain”.