Coming Soon: Biopic on Jackie Robinson

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In general, your Field Correspondent is not one to get all fired up about new movies. Sure, he was there when people were lining up around the Americana Theater in scenic north Austin, Texas, to see Star Wars in the 1970s, but he waited until all the hoopla quieted down 6 years later. Aschool buddy once dragged him to see The Omen on its first week in the theater, but it was not of his own free will. It even took him nearly 3 months to see The Natural, which is the greatest movie of all time, of course.

But there's one film coming out this spring that he may go see on opening weekend--42: The True Story of an American Legend. It's the long-delayed biopic (and he has always wanted to write "biopic" in a story for some reason; that's one more word off the bucket list) of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947. Robinson has been a personal hero for years. Years ago, when people still wrote books, your Field Correspondent collected a number of them and inhaled them as if they were the scent of a dozen roses.

The Legend and the Man

Not surprisingly, Robinson is all over the interwebs, even though he went to his eternal reward more than 40 years ago. The movie has something to do with that, starting with the official Facebook page (Facebook.com/42movie).

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The film, which features a relatively unknown Chadwick Boseman as Jackie and a relatively known guy named Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey (the force behind baseball's integration), debuted its trailers on the Facebook page. It has displayed a steady stream of still photos from the movie as well. It's likely that news coverage of the film, which seemed to take years to get done, will creep into the timeline as the movie's debut gets closer.

As with most famous people, Robinson has his own page on Facebook (Facebook.com/JackieRobinson). There is plenty of crossover with the film, but the timeline also features video of Robinson (his classic appearance on the old TV show What's My Line?, included) as well as quotes, notes, and tributes. …