S.I.M Rating: 8.64 out of 10 (27 Votes)
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford
One of the most significant events in both American culture and sports is the subject of the film "42," which portrays the events surrounding the signing of Jackie Robinson to a professional baseball contract in the mid-1940s, ending baseball's unspoken ban against African-Americans.
The film revolves around Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). Debate still exists as to Rickey's motivation, but to his credit, he saw the signing through to the end despite near-total opposition from both the game's hierarchy as well as a large segment of the public. The blatant racism both men encountered was (and remains) an ugly reminder of how emotional the issue resonated, and Robinson's inner strength to "not fight back" serves as the film's underlying message.
Beautifully filmed and historically accurate, "42" was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, acclaimed screenwriter of such award-winning films such as L.A. Confidential, Mystic River and The Bourne Supremacy.