Trailer for Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42′ with Harrison Ford

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From Hoosiers to Rudy, real life sports stories have always made for great movies. We all love rooting for the underdog – the more difficult the challenge, the better.That’s why the first trailer for the new film, 42, is so compelling.

The film tells the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first black player in Major League Baseball, who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and helped usher in a new era for baseball at a time when racial segregation was still the norm.

In addition to showing Robinson’s difficult transition into the Dodgers organization, 42 also focuses on his relationship with Dodgers manager Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford). Rickey, who made the controversial decision to bring Robinson to the Dodgers, was an innovative baseball mind who recognized that bringing in players from the Negro Leagues was not only morally right, but would also improve the game.

I’m a sucker for sports movies, so I was especially impressed by this trailer. Jackie Robinson’s story is incredibly inspiring and the casting here seems spot-on, particularly Boseman and Ford as the two leads. With the obvious exception of Clint Eastwood, can anybody give an old man growl like Harrison Ford?

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Boseman’s career thus far has mostly comprised guest spots on TV shows, but he looks good in this film. Interestingly, one of Boseman’s few film credits is in the true life sports film The Express, about Ernie Davis, the first black football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Hopefully, 42 is a stepping stone for the actor to do more film work.

42 is directed by Brian Helgeland, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, and countless other great films. Helgeland’s directing credits are fewer, but still strong (including Payback, A Knight’s Tale, and The Order).

What do you think of this trailer? Are you excited to see Jackie Robinson’s story told on the big screen?

42 hits theaters on April 12th, 2013.

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  1. I like the trailer and can’t wait for the movie. I just didn’t like the music. I feel like it took more away from the trailer than add anything to it.

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    • Agree. The music was ridiculous. Clashed with the period feel.

      • Yeah, possibly at odds with the setting, sounded great tho and worked well with the clip. Man that guy got beaned with the ball.

        btw: I have no idea who the main guy is but I’m definitely keen to watch this.

    • I agree. Jay-Z popularity baffles me. He just sounds like a mubbling semi-literate to me.

  2. Awesome been a dodger fan my whole life and wrote about Jackie when I was 9 when I entered a contest to take the feld at a home game. Won and it was a awesome day. Trailer looks great and I can’t wait. Liked everything about.

  3. This is the first I’ve heard of this film and the trailer is impressive.
    Thee are some before Jackie who can lay claim to the birth of the
    the civil rights movement but Jackie’s entrance into America’s game
    was the earthquake that spun the Earth off its axis changing thinking.

    • *There* are some…

  4. When I read the title I was like wth Harrison Ford is playing Jackie Robinson?

    • There would be blood in the streets lol

      • The plot would also be hard to believe.

  5. I wish bennet Miller was directing he knocked Honeywell out of the park.

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  7. Thank goodness Harrison Ford is finally acting his age.

  8. Great trailer. Looks like it could have more depth than the typical sports movie. Did Harrison have a fake nose on? It looked more bulbous than usual.

  9. Ford is a pretty good match for Rickey. Rickey himself had a prominent nose, so I imagine it is a prosthetic.

  10. Indiana Jones and the Stadium of Dome

  11. The trailer looks awesome. The music, however, was terrible.

  12. …appears to be another ‘mississippi burning’ treatment…where the film examines and somehow wants to make equa thel ‘sacrifice’ of the poor put upon white millionaire owner who btw reaped massive financial gain to the african american fight for civil/ human rights and dignity

  13. Yeah. Appealing to the lowest common denominator by featuring talentless rap to promote a movie set in the mid-20th century is typical of Hollywood’s shameless promoting techniques. How about a WW II epic trailer set to the likes of KISS and the Bay City Rollers for equal irrelevance? Promoting scenes depicting Jackie Robinson’s era with a nitwit mumbling over a computer-generated backing track with zero musicianship is ridiculous. In Jackie Robinson’s day, recording contracts were given to people, who actually had the talent to play their music on actual instruments. To associate Jackie Robinson’s name with talentless non-musicians is an insult to the man. Typical mainstream media promoting historical events by associating them with garbage aimed at the lowest common denominator.

    • Its not that serious. Its only there to get its target audience pumped for the movie, and in my case it worked. I know it worked for alot of people around me. as long as it gets people in the seats to honor the man and hear the story, what diffrence does it make. I doubt it will be in the moive.

      • *MOVIE