Harrison Ford’s newest movie hit a grand slam performance with team player Chadwick Boseman at the box office Friday (April 12, 2013), opening night for “42”, the movie.
According to the movie website, Box Office Mojo opening day, ’42’ ($9,100,000) is on track to become the “best debut ever” for a baseball movie. Even #2 Scary Movie 5 only did half as good ($5,515,000) and in third place was Evil Dead (2013) ($3,200,000) on opening day.
It is a breakthrough, real-life drama that stars Chadwick Boseman (The Express”) as Jackie Robinson and one of Oscar® Nominee Harrison Ford’s (“Witness) best performances as Branch Rickey. If the box office attendance and receipts are any indication, the 2 hr. 8 min. film could set a new weekend record showing, too.
In 1947, Rickey placed himself at the forefront of history after signing Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. Jackie Robinson was the opening day first baseman for the Dodgers becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball since 1884.
Bombarded with racism from all sides, Robinson pursued his dream with awesome courage and restraint from reacting and ruining his career.
Branch Rickey’s (Harrison Ford) prediction of fallout and discrimination turned out right with not only rivals but even with his own teammates. Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) became a bull’s-eye target with nasty criticism, physical abuse and constant racial slurs. Even the opposing teams in the Major League threatened strikes. And to make it worse, his own teammates threatened to walk out.
It was an inspiring, riveting movie portraying the true, against all odds story, of how Hall of Fame baseball giant Jackie Robinson broke numerous records. The biggest record was cutting through the racial barriers during the days when restrooms were market “colored” and the entrance to the ballparks showed signs of segregation.
In 1997, Major League Baseball retired his number of “42”, which was the first number in sports to be universally put on the shelf. Written and Directed by Academy Award® winning Director Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”), the movie was produced by Thomas Tull, Dick Cook, Jon Jashni (The Hangover) and Jason Clark, (Ted). Co-producers included Jillian Zaks (Pacific Rim, July 2013) and Darryl Pryor (Lethal Weapon 4).
After watching film that opened nationwide Friday, April 12, 2013 and hearing movie goers cheer on Robinson’s victories on and off the field, this movie’s timing is perfect. It carefully traced how blacks in this country struggled to overcome racism.
The main cast gave a stellar performance and included: Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andrew Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater and Ryan Merriman.
The White House held a screening for high school and college students of the Jackie Robinson biopic “42″ earlier this month (April 3, 2013), which was hosted by first lady, Michelle Obama.
At the star-studded, Los Angeles Premiere, Tuesday (April 09, 2013), at the TCL Chinese theater, Harrison Ford with his wife wife, Calista Flockhart, describes it as, “A real pleasure and great experience, because we were able give them a lot of written materials on the movie and Robinson’s history,” he said. “It’s very important to remind the young people not just about a bit history, or reading about it, but more about what it felt like to be a victim of racism.”
Asked about Chadwick Boseman’s staring role in the movie as Jackie Robinson he said, “Chadwick was great. He worked so hard to learn the skills of a baseball player and he studied the life of Jackie Robinson.”
This could be a home run at the Oscars next year, too. It has been already nominated for the Golden Trailer Awards For “Best Drama” (AV Squad, and Warner Bros. Pictures) for “Trailer 2” and “Best Drama Poster” for (Refinery, The and Warner Bros. Pictures).
This is a great movie to take the whole family to learn history and enjoy the true legacy of Jackie Robinson. Two thumbs up!