Jackie Robinson biopic ‘42’ opens at local theaters

In his Major League Baseball career, Jackie Robinson generated excitement for his aggressive base running, outstanding defense and solid hitting.

But his legacy goes far beyond statistics: the first black man to play MLB in the modern era, Robinson brought to an end 60 years of segregation in professional baseball.

Robinson’s efforts to crack the color barrier are captured in “42,” a new biopic about the Hall of Famer and longtime Stamford resident that opens today in movie theaters nationwide.

Directed by Brian Thomas Helgeland (Academy Award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay — “L.A. Confidential”), the film tells the story of Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman) and the racial harassment he endured as he made his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Reviews for “42” have been positive, with the film currently holding a 72 percent rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

For the full story on the film and Robinson’s connection to Stamford, go here.

Check out “42” at one of the following local theaters:

  • Bow Tie Majestic 6, 118 Summer St., Stamford
  • State Cinema, 990 Hope St., Stamford
  • Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave., Greenwich
  • Bow Tie Cinemas Playhouse, 89 Elm Street, New Canaan
  • Bow Tie Royale 6, 542 Westport Ave., Norwalk‎
  • Fairfield Cinemas, 41 Blackrock Turnpike, Fairfield
  • Bow Tie Cinemas Marquis 16, 100 Quarry Road, Trumbull
  • Regal Cinemas Stratford Stadium 14, 411 Barnum Ave.
  • AMC Loews Danbury 16, 61 Eagle Road
  • Rave Cinemas Connecticut Post 14, 1201 Boston Post Road, Milford


Scott Gargan