After leading the Brooklyn Dodgers to their 1949 pennant, baseball legend Jackie Robinson took time off to play himself in this intriguing biopic of the first man to break the color barrier in major league baseball. Portraying Robinson’s courageous struggle against racism, the film follows his life from an impoverished childhood, his years at UCLA, and a stint in the army, to his time with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, and finally his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A promise made to Dodger President Branch Rickey (Minor Watson) and his immense love of the sport held Robinson’s temper in check as he endured a constant onslaught of dehumanizing taunts from both fans and players. Praised for its frank commentary on racial issues, this is the true story of one man’s determination to turn his dream into a reality—changing the face of baseball forever. This acclaimed drama also stars Ruby Dee and Louise Beavers.
Topics: Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers, World Series, Jackie Robinson, 1950s, Biopic, Ruby Dee, Black History, 42, Black and White