Essay on 42 Movie Summary
616 WordsSep 27th, 20133 Pages
Megan Hetterick’s 42 movie summary.
Jackie Robinson, 42, first black man to play on a team of all whites and make it to the world championship. He rocks. His number is retired and people wear the number 42 on their jersey every year for one day because of him. All of this information I got from the movie 42. The movie was amazing and very good! In the beginning when it showed how he became selected was different than what I imagined it would’ve been done. During the movie there were threats from white people saying they’d come where Robinson lived and hurt him or something, so he left with the black reporter guy who later became a part of the American Baseball Press or whatever it was called. However, Robinson thought that he was…show more content…
At the very end of the movie it showed what the ‘main’ people did after the movie stopped. One thing that I will say that bugged me and made me sad and disappointed was the part when the dad and boy are in the stands and are excited fro Pee Wee to come out and then Robinson comes out and the dad starts to yell “get out of here nigger! You don't belong here!” and the rest of the crowd does the same and the kid looks confused and then joins in screaming the same things, but then Pee Wee puts his arm around Robinson and the look on the boys face looked sad and disappointed in himself or so. That scene made me sad and disappointed in the father for setting such an example for his son and making him say something he was unsure of or however he felt about it. The look on the boys face when Robinson came out and everyone including his dad started yelling at him and saying those things, the boy looked a little scared or unsure and concerned about what to do and such. Broke my heart a little, but it was what it was. Overall, amazing movie!! For sure a favorite!
Robinson and Rickey both exhibit tremendous amounts of courage. Robinson has to endure prejudice from players and fans. He's repeatedly demeaned with the n-word, has baseballs thrown at his head, has to flee from a mob, etc. Rickey, for his part, comes in for criticism too. But he never backs down, and he threatens to trade any player who can't deal with Robinson's presence. (When a ballplayer comes to Rickey with a threatening letter that's been written to him, the Dodgers' owner pulls out three huge files of similar letters that target Jackie.)
Rickey wisely coaches Robinson's response to racist attacks. The owner knows Robinson will be subjected to a different set of rules, namely that he can't retaliate. "Your enemy will be out in force," Rickey advises, "and you cannot meet him on his own low ground."
When Robinson laments his critics' slurs, Rickey responds, "These men have to live with themselves." Robinson hints at quitting, and Rickey tells him he can't, because of all the people who "need you, respect you and believe in you." And, slowly, Robinson's grit, integrity and athleticism win him allies on the team and in the broader culture.
Standing with Robinson in his struggle are his devoted wife, Rachel; and a young, black Pittsburgh Courier sports reporter named Wendell Smith. Rachel flinches when Robinson is intentionally hit with a pitch, but—despite tears—she never back away from the bigger struggle to desegregate pro baseball. Wendell tells Robinson about his struggles with segregation, namely that he's not allowed to sit in the press box. "You, Mr. Robinson," he says, "are not the only one with something at stake here."
Manager Leo Durocher defends Jackie's right to play ball. And a teammate named Pee Wee Reese publically puts his arm across Robinson's shoulders as a statement of solidarity. Reese says of his racist fans and family in the stands, "I need them to know who I am."
Many other inspiring moments turn up throughout the film. A white man tells Robinson, "I'm pulling for you to make good. If a man's got the goods, he deserves to get a fair chance." Rickey tells Robinson a story about seeing a white kid emulating some of Robinson's trademark actions. "He was pretending to be you," Rickey says. "A little white boy was pretending to be a black man."
Jackie Robinson isn't just brave when it comes to baseball, by the way. He tells his newborn son, "My daddy left us flat in Cairo, Ga. I was only six months older than you are now. I don't remember him. Nothing good. Nothing bad. Nothing. You will remember me. I'm gonna be with you until the day I die."
[Spoiler Warning] Rickey eventually tells Robinson that what motivated him to bring an African-American into the Majors was the fact that he'd failed to defend a black player from being treated unfairly many years before, and that the guilt of it had haunted him ever since. "It was something unfair at the heart of the game I loved," he says, adding that he pushed the thought of it away until "time came when I could no longer ignore it." Then this: "You helped me love baseball again."