Brian Helgeland's historical sports drama/biopic 42 relates the historic 1947 baseball season in which Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) decides to sign the first black Major League player, Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman). Although Robinson faces ugly, vicious racism from other clubs, fans, and on occasion his own teammates, Rickey encourages him to not fight back. By following that advice, Robinson allows his remarkable athletic talent to speak for itself, and soon the first-year player becomes one the most popular players on the team, eventually securing the Rookie of the Year award.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Baseball players -- United States -- Fiction.
Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team) -- Fiction.
Major League Baseball (Organization) -- Fiction.
Race discrimination -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972 -- Fiction.
Boseman, Chadwick, actor.
Ford, Harrison, 1942- actor.
Helgeland, Brian, film director, screenwriter.
Legendary Pictures, production company.
Meloni, Christopher, actor.
Merriman, Ryan, actor.
Warner Bros. Entertainment, production company.
Warner Home Video (Firm), film distributor.