IN A GAME DIVIDED BY COLOR, HE MADE US SEE GREATNESS.
In 1945, talented baseball player Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American in Major League Baseball. Although the icon was memorably portrayed in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), this bio has the benefit of historical distance where Robinson’s experiences of the often aggressive racism that he faced on and off the diamond is startling to behold. The film has a traditional, sometimes overly obvious narrative but it’s effective, with a good lead performance. Harrison Ford is also fun to watch as the curmudgeonly Dodgers manager.
2013-U.S. 128 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Cast: Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson), Harrison Ford (Branch Rickey), Nicole Beharie (Rachel Robinson), Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black… John C. McGinley.
Trivia: Robert Redford was allegedly considered for the part of Rickey.