BROOKLYN - The new film named after Jackie Robinson's number "42" opens in theaters today.

Robinson, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 through 1956, lived at 5224 Tilden Ave. in East Flatbush. More than 40 years after his death, city officials are trying to preserve his home as a landmark. His number 42 jersey is retired in all Major League Baseball stadiums for his contributions to the game while breaking the color barrier.

The film is also said to be a glimpse into what life was like in Brooklyn during the 1940s.