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61* (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  28 April 2001 (USA)
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Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

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A young baseball player in the 1940s struggles to make it in the major leagues.

Director: Billy Crystal
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Summer, 1961: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle are on pace to break the most hallowed record in U.S. sports, Babe Ruth's single-season 60 home runs. It's a big story, and the intense, plain-spoken Maris is the bad guy: sports writers bait him and minimize his talent, fans cheer Mantle, the league's golden boy, and baseball's commissioner announces that Ruth's record stands unless it's broken within 154 games. Any record set after 154 games of the new 162-game schedule will have an asterisk. The film follows the boys of summer, on and off the field: their friendship, the stresses on Maris, his frustration with the negative attention, and his desire to play well, win, and go home. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?


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The fan who runs out and shakes Roger Maris's hand and slaps him on the back as he approaches home plate after his record-breaking 61st home run is an actual life-long Maris fan who was present at the original game. He was hired as a consultant and always wished he could have been that guy back in the summer of 1961 when he saw the game as a 13-year-old kid. See more »

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In the bar scene, when the other Yankee players were talking to Roger Maris about Mickey Mantle's relationship with Joe DiMaggio, Moose Skowron mentions that Joe didn't talk to him at all his rookie year, until the World Series. Skowron did not join the Yankees until 1954, DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season, therefore, the two were never teammates. Plus, the Yankees did not even make the World Series in 1954. Even though the team won 103 games (the most for a Casey Stengel-managed team), they finished a distant second to the Cleveland Indians who won a then-American League record 111 games. See more »

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[on Maris's failure to hit 61 homers in 154 games]
Milt Kahn: He had a great season.
Artie Green: Aaah, the pressure got to him.
Milt Kahn: You ever play baseball, Artie?
Artie Green: No. Not really.
Milt Kahn: That's what I thought.
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The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more »


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The Kid From Red Bank
Written by Neal Hefti
Performed by Count Basie
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, A Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under License From EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Incredible baseball movie
2 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I could spend hours trying to come up with the perfect words to describe "61*" Simply put, its one of the best baseball movies I have ever seen. Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane ARE Maris and Mantle. Billy Crystal did an exceptional job directing this picture. The acting is excellent. A great part of the movie is seeing all the old ballparks that have been refaced and digitally made to look like the parks did in 1961. Turning Tiger Stadium into Yankee Stadium is quite a feat! I would recommend this movie to the die-hards, the casuals, and those who don't know anything about baseball. Billy Crystal -- Thank you for another great movie!


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