42 script
42 (2013)
Synopsis: In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.

DBL. BLUE REV 7-9-12 44.

SUKEFORTH:

Alright. Roy Campanella.

Sukeforth holds it out; Rickey won’t take it. *

RICKEY:

A heck of a player. But too sweet,

they’ll eat him alive.

SUKEFORTH:

(holds up file) *

Satchel Paige then.

Parrott enters carrying an armful of files. *

RICKEY:

Too old. We need a man with a

future not a past. *

(holds up his own *

file) *

Here. Jack Roosevelt Robinson. *

As Parrott sets them on the desk, they start to slide off, *

spilling to the floor. Helpless to stem the tide, Parrott

looks down, surrounded by black faces...

RICKEY *

(flips through file)

A four sport college man, out of

UCLA. That means he’s played with

white boys.

(scans file)

Twenty-six years old, now with the

Kansas City Monarchs. Batting over

350 even as we speak. 350! And he *

was a commissioned army officer!

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Brian Helgeland

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland also wrote and directed 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson, and Legend (2015), about the rise and fall of the Kray twins. more…

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