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Breaking the barrier

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'42' and other films document the struggles and successes of African-AmericansBy Danny MillerSpecial to MSN MoviesBrian Helgeland's powerful new film, "42," tells the remarkable story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color line in the sport, becoming the first African-American player in the major leagues. The film features great performances by Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who was determined to end racial segregation in baseball despite massive objections from members of the public and even players on his own team, and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, who played in six World Series and was later awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Let's take a look at some other films that reflect barriers being broken by African-Americans.Bing: More about '42' | Watch the trailerFor more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. "42'" is out in theaters April 12.(Warner Bros. Pictures)
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