Just watched "42" for the sixth time. It is a movie which has a very special link b to the time I was six years old. My mother would not let me play outside in the Texas summer heat due to the scare of polio. So, I found a radio station which carried the Brooklyn Dodger games--and which magically opened the door of those afternoons into the land of Ebbets Field, and the marvelous saga of the Dodgers and Jackie Robinson.
I was there (thanks to the radio) when the drama of baseball and racial conflict played out 67 years ago. "42" is a great movie which brings loads of joy, laughter, tears and cheers back each time I watch it. Regression to 1947 comes with that story. [Just bought the DVD.]
Excellent acting: Chadwick Boseman (Jackie) and Harrison Ford (Branch Rickey). Tremendous emotional struggles: integration, the pennant race, baseball rivalries, good character players: Pee Wee Reese, Eddie Stanky, Leo Durocher, Chapman (Phillies mgr--full of prejudiced invective). Boseman and Ford may both be nominated for an Oscar. Nicole Behare (Jackie's wife) good supporting work.
A great quote from Rickey, when he was deciding to choose Robinson to be the first Negro for MLB: "He's a Methodist; I'm a Methodist; God is a Methodist. Go find him."