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The new trailer for “42” is out and it’s spectacular

Jan 10, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

“42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic coming out in April, has a new trailer. Me likey.

Still, the same note of uncertainty regarding Harrison Ford’s Branch Rickey. Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s either going to be a spectacular stretch of a performance for Ford, or his most hammy bit of acting since he tried to trick the Nazis into thinking that he was at the castle to look at ze tapestries:

  1. Mark Armour - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM


    • stoutfiles - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Except for the Jay-Z music near the end. This is a period film and they put in rap music about drugs and jail? Give me a break.

      • 4d3fect - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        I suppose the producers had to put in something to try to appeal to mass market audiences just to get funding, but I just don’t need to see this badly enough to endure that score.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        The Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers were unavailable. Really, I doubt the entire score is going to be hip hop and rap, I expect most of it will be period appropriate.

        In the words of Sgt Hulka, “Lighten up, Francis.”

      • southofheaven81 - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        It worked for Django.

  2. garylanglais - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Was that Steve The Pirate at 2:12?

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      I believe his real name is “Hoban Washburne”

    • Mark - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      No. That was Pastor Veal. His daughter is as plain as the Anne on Egg’s face.

      • smoochytherhino - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        You can’t blame him, he had to lock that down.

      • Bryz - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:29 PM


    • aceshigh11 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Yep. Alan Tudyk.

  3. yardleyphils - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I can’t wait to see this. We named our son Branch in honor of Mr. Rickey.

    We would have named him Jackie but it rhymes with our last name and that wouldn’t be cool.

    Jackie is one of the most inspirational people in the history of America and I think this movie looks like it will do his memory the honor it deserves.

  4. kirkvanhouten - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Is that that Bruce Sutter biopic I’ve been hearing so much about? Bold decision to cast Chadwick Boseman as Sutter, but he’s got the chops to pull it off.

    • nygiantstones - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM


  5. Mark - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    That looks like a fantastic movie, and a pretty damn good cast.

  6. kirkvanhouten - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    You know what’s funny?

    Jackie Robinson was kind of underrated as a player. Throw out every all the other amazing things he did for baseball and America and go only by his numbers:

    -Over the course of his 10 year career, he ranked 3rd in WAR….behind some dudes named “Stan Musial” and “Ted Williams”

    -Head lead the league in WAR 3 times…or 30% of the years he played

    -Was top 10 in OBP 6 times

    -Was top 10 in OPS 6 times

    -Amassed 58 WAR in just 10 seasons

    …all while not starting his career until age 28 (most players peak at 27!). He only ranked in the Top 5 in MVP voting once, and I know more than a few people who consider him to be a HOF because of his impact on history as opposed to what he did on the ball field. But strictly as a player with a short career, he was a pretty clear cut HOFer anyway.

    • 18thstreet - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Bill James, in the New Abstract, goes on quite a bit about how — as best as the evidence shows — he was probably an exceptional defensive player.

    • brianabbe - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Robinson is arguably the best defensive 2B of all time, and easily one of the top ten baserunners of all time. In some regards, I compare him to Ted Williams’ situation. Williams would have been the greatest player ever had he not lost 4-5 years of his prime to WWII and Korea (Darn near was already despite that!), and Robinson would be one of the 10 best players of all-time if not for a lack of integration.

      By the way, look up Jackie Robinson’s courtmartial from when he served, which was dismissed. It seems he was 10 years ahead of Rosa Parks as well.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Who’s underrated him?

      • louhudson23 - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:47 AM

        It has been said by some that he was a relatively average ballplayer on more than one occasion and that without his social mission/impact would have been just another ballplayer.

  7. butchhuskey - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I’ve never heard of Chadwick Boseman, but I like what I’ve seen of his performance.

  8. cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    This looks good but I won’t see it. I’m tired of seeing this stuff. Its always the same and I find it very painful. Nevertheless, I might want to see the bits with Harrison Ford in them. He seems to have the role nailed down. That being said, I might reconsider seeing the movie IF the times Robinson spent in Montreal are included. They loved him there and I’d rather see that than be forced down memory lane where the memories are dark houses with unkempt yards: best to know they are there, learn the lessons they teach, but spend as little time as possible in them.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Because the story is painful or because the way it’s told is always so hackneyed?

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Bit of both, really. The hackneyed part really burns me. He and others like him were flawed people, not saints. There’s no shame in it. Why blow him out of proportion? This is what I’m afraid this movie will do.

        The painful bit is because his experiences are broadly similar to my own. If I want more of that I hardly need to go see the story of his life in white baseball. A mental trip back to my school days usually does the trick. I’m happy to leave the past in the past and I don’t need any reminders of those grim days.

        Still, I hope the movie’s widely successful and lots of people do go see it. A generation is growing up in danger of being ignorant of what has come before. Preservation of history requires a certain amount of hackneyed story telling if we want it to stick, I think.

      • stex52 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM


        I understand where you come from. “The Help” was a difficult movie for me because I was the kid on the other side of that fence. And kids don’t know any better.

        And you are right about the next generation growing up not believing this stuff. I had the discussion with my nephew who reviews movies online. “It didn’t ring true.” I made it clear to him that it was true. We are only two generations removed from institutional support of all things segregation. And people aren’t that far along.

      • paperlions - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        So….I am guessing you rushed right out to see “The Help”, then, huh?

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        I didn’t watch “The Help” (same reason I’ll likely not see “42”) so your secret’s safe from me, South Texas. Still and all, I should be grateful that we’re at a point in our culture where people are actually forgetting it used to be like it was back in the day. One the one hand old people like me get laughed at or a generous helping of “down thumbs” for seeing the movie’s story line as parallel to our own, but on the other hand…its not like it used to be, and Thank Dog for that. I’m grateful for that last part.

        On an entirely separate note, and I was really hoping to get as many thumbdowns as ‘cepts used to get. Someone gifted me one there. Thank you, whoever you are.

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        @ ‘Lions: Ha!

      • historiophiliac - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        If it helps, I am doing my best to educate. I make my students look at lynching pictures and we talk about souvenirs/postcards — it’s pretty brutal and it really impacts them. I try to use places in state, so they know it’s HERE…and then I usually have to explain the whitewashing since. I know for a fact they talk to their friends about it after class. (Of course, that’s not the only part of it we talk about.)

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        And here I thought the American Education System was comprised of a bucket of whitewash and never-emptying sharpie for revision. I sure hope you don’t get into any trouble over teaching ACTAUL history, ‘philliac. My people are told that it can be very dangerous to do that over there. Mind you we could all do with being told that Australians have no sense of humour over their Penal Colony history and that the Maori peoples of New Zealand take those tribal tats real serious so copying them isn’t considered cool and could get you pummelled.

      • paperlions - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        These movies probably are good reminders for white people and we are more likely to see them en mass than they are to see documentaries on the subject, which, to me, are far more powerful because they are true and in the words and pictures of real people, rather than in some emotionally manipulative Hollywood contrivance….but such things just are seen by as many people.

        Really, if I want to be reminded of attitudes of the previous generation, all I have to do is go back home (St. Louis area) during the holidays and hang around a group of my uncles (men in their 60s and 70s) and listen to them talk. It is amazing what white guys will say when it is only “us”.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        I agree, paper, but Hollywood also likes to promote this sense that the problem has been dealt with. You can always make Nazis and white supremacists the bad guy in movies, but that suggest that the problem occurred back then (except for fringe skinhead groups and the like today). They really only show benevolent white people who help “save” black people now. Also, they give Oscars to movies like the Blind Side but not to ones like Malcolm X. That’s the problem with the hackneyed stuff. Which is to say I’m not going to see Lincoln (Spielberg is the WORST).

      • historygeek6 - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM


        I’m assuming your use of past tense in talking about this subject and our youth is unintentional. Because I’m living it right now! How’s this for “double-whammy”… I’m black and an air traffic controller! Talk about blazing a trail! There is no one identify with more than Jackie Robinson (and I’m not much of a baseball fan, actually). For my own very personal reasons, the part I hope they get right is the incredible toll it all took on his health. Because I live it!

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        historygeek6: I guess I shouldn’t generalize to your walk of life, but things HAVE got better in general since Robinson’s day and MUCH better for me since I was kid. I’m not going to make light of what you face: without walking in your shoes, how can I possibly claim “its better for you”? Maybe in your industry it isn’t. I hope the movie is terrific, I really do. I hope you love every minute of it and your life is a touch easier due to it. I’m past the time in my life where I need to be reminded of what happened so I’m not seeing it in all likelihood. Peace & good luck, brother.

      • historygeek6 - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:19 PM


        Thank you greatly for the kind words. Like yourself, from looking at the trailer I too will probably not go. …Just too personal when those shoes fit your feet almost exactly the same as his. For what it’s worth, I would hope that these words don’t in any way imply that I am “just another angry black man”. Far from it. I truly know the unfathomable power of forgiveness. As such, one can feel immense pain and still feel blessed.

        Also like yourself, I too hope the movie is successful. What I hope much, much more is that the movie helps hasten the day that we finally stop treating the symptoms and start to treat the disease. God bless.

    • Ick McWang - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      cur, did you watch the trailer? there are shots of him in a Montreal uniform, so the movie will include that, although I grant you we don’t know how much time is spent on that era of his game, or how the filmmakers portrayed it.

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        I did watch the trailer but spent most of my time trying to get a sense of Harrison Ford. Thanks for the heads up.

    • indaburg - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      I’ve also dealt with racism–some of it fairly recent–but I don’t have a problem seeing it depicted on screen, as painful as revisiting the past might be. Catharsis is healing for my soul, but everyone deals with their past differently, I suppose. As for whether the movie will be hackneyed or not, I will give it a chance. Helgeland, the writer and director, has a pretty good body of work and I have a feeling he wouldn’t go for the canonization or whitewashing of Robinson, the man.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Sadly, Hollywood doesn’t even make movies about the segregation of Hispanics.

      • indaburg - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        I guess I’ve appropriated part of the black experience. I am partially African via the Caribbean. My grandmother had a fondness for black men. Unlike Torii, I don’t differentiate between Dominican black and American black. Our distant past may have been different but our experience in this country in the modern era is similar. I also know my people benefitted greatly from the desegregation movement of the 1950s and 1960s. I don’t forget that, and I am forever in their debt.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Understandable, but, too, my mind — probably from habit — immediately goes to the southwest where the descendants of the first European/”white” settlers were forced out of power and marginalized by incoming Anglos.

      • indaburg - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Very true. It didn’t even cross my mind that you were referencing Hispanics in the southwest. You know me and my east coast bias. :-) The term “Hispanic” is very broad and encompasses so many different people.

        What subjects do you teach?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        East coast bias. lol I just teach American history.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      He loved Montreal right back too.

      I hope they don’t gloss over his time in the Army. He got arrested for not moving to the back of the bus even though the military shuttles were supposedly integrated, then he got charged with insubordination for challenging the racist line of questioning the military police used. The officers serving on the court martial board were all white, and they acquitted him.

      Portraying his whole background would create an impossibly long movie of course, but I don’t want either revisionist or romanticized history.

    • chicitybulls - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      I also dont like to watch movies about that era as it gets under my skin (Rosewood comes to mind) I will go see this. I dont think it will be in the vein of Rosewood or movies like that although I’m sure racism will play a major part of it as you can’t tell Jackie’s story without it.

      Also, people complaining about the rap/hip hop music in the trailer needs to relax. Jeez, its a trailer. Its not like it’s going to be playing on the radio in the movie. Obviously you’re not fans of rap music so you would complain about it no matter where you hear it.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        I saw Rosewood, mostly because Rosewood is about 20 miles from my hometown. The movie actually did a pretty good job portraying the events the way I’ve read about them. Not the kind of thing I’d want to watch more than once, but I’m glad they made it.

  9. indaburg - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I haven’t looked forward to a movie this much in a long time. My only complaint is: why make us wait until April? In the middle of January, this would be such a welcome taste of baseball.

    From the trailers, it looks like Ford is going to be amazing. In those two minutes, I forgot I was looking at Harrison Ford. That’s the highest compliment I can pay a famous actor.

    • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Yeah, I liked his performance, too. No sense of over acting and he seemed exactly like Ricky in the few interviews I’ve seen.

    • escapingexile - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      My guess would be to coincide with Jackie Robinson day. The movie is set to release on the 12th which is a Friday. Jackie Robinson day is the 15th.

      • indaburg - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Makes sense. I just want some baseball. Any baseball.

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        On those grounds alone I might just go.

  10. jonnybaseball - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Why use THOSE Jay-Z lyrics. “Cept when I run base, I dodge the pen.” These guys know he’s talking about selling drugs and staying out of jail, right?

    • butchhuskey - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      “I used to run base like Juan Pierre” – Jay Z

  11. youjivinmeturkey - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Reblogged this on "You Jivin' Me, Turkey?" and commented:
    Oh, I Am So SO Very Ready To See This One!
    And I Very Much Agree With What The Man Says About This Trailer: “…It’s Spectacular” 😀

  12. richyballgame - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    This gave me chills… Definitely gonna go see it!

  13. mymaria2012 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Reblogged this on mymaria2012.

  14. Jeremy Fox - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    That’s one effective trailer–sure made me want to see it!

    One minor quibble: not sure about that shot of Robinson diving headfirst for the plate like a running back trying to leap the pile at the goal line. Maybe I’ve just seen that famous photo of Robinson sliding feat first underneath Yogi Berra in the World Series too many times, but that headfirst dive just looks weirdly out of place to me. I mean, did anybody slide headfirst or dive for the plate like that in those days? Not that I expect the film to be a documentary. But if the filmmakers really thought a straight-in feet first slide wasn’t exciting enough, why not a hook slide? You could make a hook slide look pretty spectacular in slow motion.

    • larrytsg - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      I’m no expert on the rules, but from what I learned at an umpiring seminar I thought that leaving your feet to jump over a catcher was against the rules, kind of like running outside the basepath.

    • louhudson23 - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      The dive was a glaring anachronism.Especially considering how adept Robinson was at a variety of slides. But with the music and bat flipping(seen in a different clip),I guess it goes with the territory .

  15. buddysguys - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I feel that Wesley Snipes would have been a better Jackie

    • butchhuskey - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Naw, he’s Willy Mays Hayes.

  16. dondada10 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Baseball needs to start right now.

  17. 18thstreet - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I hope it’s a good movie. It’s long overdue.

  18. moogro - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    What is 42? Must be some reality show about when men lose their hair set to techno music. No thanks.

  19. Minoring In Baseball - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Looks like the movie could be a good one. Baseball usually makes for the best sports movies anyway (no disprespect to Caddy Shack). I agree about leaving out the rap/hip hop music, though. Keep it appropriate and classy. I’ll have to go back and watch the ‘Jackie Robinson Story’ now…

  20. Minoring In Baseball - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Ok, maybe we can use this forum for us to list our favorite baseball movies of all time. I’m curious to see what other fans have on their list. Here’s my top ten:
    1) Major League
    2) The Final Season
    3) The Rookie
    4) The Bad News Bears (original)
    5) Bull Durham
    6) Moneyball
    7) Field of Dreams
    8) Bang The Drum Slowly
    9) The Sandlot
    10) A League of Thier Own

    I liked the Natural, but found it slow in spots. Other just missing out are For Love of the Game, Trouble With The Curve, *61, and Mr. Baseball (yes, Mr. Baseball…)

    • umrguy42 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      I actually saw The Babe with John Goodman in theaters in like, 8th grade or so, for a friend’s birthday. Enjoyed that one. Though for me, I think Bull Durham is top of my (short) list, though.

      • jwbiii - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        (Sloppy sentimentality alert)

        A friend of mine worked on the production staff for The Babe. She got her then dying of cancer father a non-speaking role as a coach. So he got to go to Wrigley Field, put on a uniform, sit in a dugout, and act like a coach. He loved it.

        (Sloppy sentimentality off)

  21. jm91rs - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I think I’ll have to take my son to see this. He’s a huge baseball fan, but at 10 years old he really hasn’t been exposed much to racial issues. I know he knows the story of Jackie Robinson, but he likely doesn’t have any idea how hard it was for him. Luckily he doesn’t see color as his school is pretty well mixed with many races. I’d like for him to understand better that it wasn’t always that way.

    If he can be entertained by the movie and feel the struggle of Jackie Robinson, perhaps we can have a discussion on how to continue and improve the equal treatment Jackie helped start.

  22. cggarb - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Chris Meloni as Leo Durocher? Huh.

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