61* (2001)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  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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Did You Know?


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 »


A reference is made to President John F. Kennedy interrupting a news conference to mention that Roger Maris has hit #47 and #48. Kennedy did not hold a news conference that week in August, nor ever mention Maris during one. President Kennedy would never interrupt a press conference, let alone interrupt one to praise the accomplishments of Yankees' player. He was too big a fan of the Boston Red Sox for that. See more »


Roger: You would have done it too.
Mickey: Ah, bullshit. It was you Rodge. You did it, you son of a bitch. Nobody can ever take that away from you. No matter what bullshit they try to tell you. That record's yours.
[Roger and Mickey shake hands]
Mickey: You're a good man, Roger.
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The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.114 (2009) See more »


Dedicated To The One I Love
Written by Ralph Bass and Lowman Pauling
Performed by The Shirelles (as The Shirells)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Global Licensing Inc.
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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