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  • Looking Forward to the Release of "42"

    From the news releases and pics I've seen so far, "42" will be a movie for Dodgers fans to look forward to. The filming began in Birmingham on May 14, with usage of historic Rickwood Field to portray Forbes Field and four other ballparks. I don't know if this one will be used as Ebbets Field, but scenes will also be filmed in Chattanooga and Atlanta. I have yet to see Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, but I'm anxious to see him in this role, as well as Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson. I saw a still photo of Boseman running the basepaths, and he seems to have the visual running style of Robinson down pat. There are also interviews with the actors portraying Pee Wee Reese and Pirates P Fritz Ostermueller on the web. The film's release date is set for April 2013, just in time for the 66th anniversary of Jackie's debut as a Dodger.

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    I am frankly surprised that I've gotten no comments about this movie. Have you guys not visited any sites on the production or the news reports about it? Are you simply waiting on the release itself before making any comments? Ok, fair enough.

    However, as for me, I'll be anxiously awaiting any updates on the production, which I hold high hopes for. With Harrison Ford being involved, I think it will be an excellent film, and I think it will bring the Brooklyn Dodger legend back to life, which will certainly inject sone fresh commentary into this forum.

    No, I don't mean any tired responses on bringing the Dodgers back, but fresh commentary on the original "America's team" and how it relates to the state of modern baseball as it existed then as compared to now.

    I wasn't born until 1957, so I have no living memory of the old Dodgers teams, but I have been captivated by the Brooklyn mystique, which was created by Roger Kahn's "Boys of Summer", and other books and videos such as "The Ghosts of Flatbush". This mystique has become self-perpetuating, no less by the books by the surviving ballplayers and forums such as this one.
    Last edited by KG Erwin; 06-01-2012, 03:46 PM.

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    • #3
      I'm gonna deff watch it. I suppose with Harrison Ford in it means the movie wont end up like "Cobb" or "The Babe". I hope they do a realistic type of movie and not a happy afterschool special type of movie. I wouldn't think they would do that though.

      I always heard he didn't get along with Campanella and Newcombe so I would be interested in how that would go in the movie. it would be interesting also how he was treated after he retired.

      It does sound like it will be good so I am looking forward to watching it.
      "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

      "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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      • #4
        I enjoy playing amateur casting director, but I must admit, Harrison Ford is not someone I'd have ever envisaged as Rickey. Yet I do think it will work.
        The supporting cast looks to be shaping up as a very strong one too. John C. McGinley has always been a terrific character actor, and he will be playing Red Barber:

        http://thefilmstage.com/news/john-c-...son-biopic-42/

        Plus there are fun chances to be in the flick if you live around Chattanooga or Macon!

        http://www.nooga.com/154844/more-opp...-42-announced/

        http://www.onlocationvacations.com/2...ford-movie-42/

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        • #5
          I must admit I havent poked around this room in quite some time. Yes this sounds good, cant wait!
          unknown brooklyn cabbie " how are the brooks doin"
          unknown fan "good they got three men on base"
          unknown brooklyn cabbie "which one?"

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          • #6
            Hank Aaron visited the set of this movie recently:

            http://www.al.com/entertainment/inde...ron_visit.html

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            • #7
              I'm going to check this out for sure. I'm going to admit I never paid as much attention to Jackie Robinson as I should have. About 10 years ago I started following him and reading about him and realized this guy was probably the bravest player in the history of the game. Can't wait to see '42
              My blog - http://sandlotwisdom.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                I have low expectations for this movie. I think the Hollywood formula will take the easy way out and portray legend rather than fact.

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                • #9
                  ...........................and the "fact" isn't a "legend"?
                  you can take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the DODGERS
                  http://brooklyndodgermemories.freeforums.org/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by penncentralpete View Post
                    ...........................and the "fact" isn't a "legend"?
                    I don't expect this movie to be very historically accurate. I think a Hollywood film is not going to be able to depict the segregation era without resorting to caricature. I see this as likely being a good vs evil story which will be both simplistic and somewhat demeaning to Robinson's legacy.

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                    • #11
                      Ed, I think you're overstating it a bit. If the script was bad, I don't believe they would've been able to sign Harrison Ford. Besides, we already have a Hollywoodized version of Jackie's story, which starred Jackie himself. One of things which I believe will make it a winner will be the relationship between Jackie and Rachel. Her part in the story should not be understated, as she was the rock on which Jackie leaned. I believe that it will be as much a "chick flick" as a male baseball fan's film. We shall see.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KG Erwin View Post
                        Ed, I think you're overstating it a bit. If the script was bad, I don't believe they would've been able to sign Harrison Ford. Besides, we already have a Hollywoodized version of Jackie's story, which starred Jackie himself. One of things which I believe will make it a winner will be the relationship between Jackie and Rachel. Her part in the story should not be understated, as she was the rock on which Jackie leaned. I believe that it will be as much a "chick flick" as a male baseball fan's film. We shall see.
                        Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey is a bit of casting that seems odd to me. I have low hopes for this film.

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                        • #13
                          It will be interesting how they made this but i'm somewhat weary of it myself.

                          I have a hard time thinking that it wont be a Disney feel good type of movie. Having Harrison Ford in it does make me feel a little better about the movie but he's also been known to play some kid type movies too.
                          "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                          "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KG Erwin View Post
                            From the news releases and pics I've seen so far, "42" will be a movie for Dodgers fans to look forward to. The filming began in Birmingham on May 14, with usage of historic Rickwood Field to portray Forbes Field and four other ballparks. I don't know if this one will be used as Ebbets Field, but scenes will also be filmed in Chattanooga and Atlanta. I have yet to see Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, but I'm anxious to see him in this role, as well as Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson. I saw a still photo of Boseman running the basepaths, and he seems to have the visual running style of Robinson down pat. There are also interviews with the actors portraying Pee Wee Reese and Pirates P Fritz Ostermueller on the web. The film's release date is set for April 2013, just in time for the 66th anniversary of Jackie's debut as a Dodger.
                            Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware of it being made, and really look forward to seeing it.
                            "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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                            • #15
                              Jackie Robinson Movie

                              Check out this trailer:

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCduxL8ELwQ

                              For those of you who actually got to see a game at Ebbets Field do the shots of the stadium look authentic.

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