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Rated PG-13 · 128 minutes · 2013

Biography, Historical drama
Actor Chadwick Boseman (portraying color-line-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson) hits a figurative triple, then comes in to score when Harrison Ford smacks a two-run homer in the folksy, cornpone role of crusading Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, who hired the “negro” infielder because he thought it was time to open up the sport — and the country — to the idea of blacks and whites on the same playing field. Robinson’s ordeal of now-unthinkable open race hatred is unflinchingly depicted, but the real clout behind writer-director Brian Helgeland’s vivid history lesson is found in the personalities who believed in equality back in 1947, including manager Leo Durocher (Christopher Meloni), Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese (Lucas Black), African-American sports writer Wendell Smith (Andre Holland), and Robinson’s wife Rachel (Nicole Beharie). The baseball scenes are realistic, the acting is at the level of Lincoln, and the message is not overstated. So Boseman’s low-key star turn actually means something. (128 min.)
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Director: Brian Helgeland
Producer: Thomas Tull, Dick Cook, Jon Jashni and Jason Clark
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, Andre Holland, Alan Tudyk, Hamish Linklater, T.R. Knight, John C. McGinley, Toby Huss, Max Gail, Brad Beyer, James Pickens Jr., Gino Anthony Pesi, Brett Cullen, Jesse Luken, Jamey Holliday and Derek Phillips




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