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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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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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In the "I Love Mickey" song played in the movie, the first "Mickey Who?" is said by the actual Mickey Mantle. The rest are said by Thomas Jane. 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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[after Maris hits #59, he sits down next to Mickey]
Mickey Mantle: What happened? I was on the john.
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Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more »

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Features The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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I Count The Tears
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by The Drifters
Produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp.
Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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This is a great film even for the non baseball fan
2 January 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Even for the only occasional baseball fan in Europe (i.e. myself) this film gives you excitement about the game the game of baseball, feeling for some of its greatest stars and hits home just how big the sport is across the pond. And it really brings home how much director/producer Billy Crystal loves the game.

The strength, however, really rest in the performance of Billy Pepper and Thomas Jane who portray the friendship, rivalry and respect between two great players.

I was glued to the screen from moment one would suggest that this is one of the strongest sports films ever made.


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